Pye History Museum
The Pye History Trust collection of Pye objects and memorabilia is now housed in the Pye Building of the Cambridge Museum of Technology. Support from the Lottery Heritage Fund and the Pye Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.
The all new and permanent Pye Exhibition opened on 7th June 2019 at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge CB5 8LD.
It is housed in a dedicated building - the Pye Building - and shares space with a similar collection from the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company.
The Preview Opening Event on Tuesday 21st May 2019, with Professor Sir Michael Gregory
Pye Collection News
The Cambridge Museum of Technology, including the Pye Building, is open from 10.30am to 4pm (last entry 3pm) on Saturdays and Sundays.
Guided Tours of the Pye and Radio Enters the Home Exhibitions
Join a former Pye employee for a tour of the exhibitions. Learn about Pye’s iconic radios and hear stories of the people behind the Company and the local sites at which they worked.
The Museum hosts a guided tour of the Pye exhibition at 2pm on the second Sunday of each month (except December and January). They are given by one of the former Pye employees who researched the fascinating history of the company and curated the exhibition. Each tour will focus on a different aspect of Pye’s activities, depending on the tour guide.
The 45 minute tour is included with your regular Museum ticket. Please meet at the Pye Building.
THE GUIDED TOURS HAVE NOW BEEN COMPLETED FOR 2023
NEW DATES FOR 2024 WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE
PLEASE SEE THE MUSEUM WEBSITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS
BBC 100th Anniversary Exhibition - "Radio Enters the Home"
The exhibition is included in the normal Museum entrance fee.
Tony Barnfield of Cambridge Talking News visited the new exhibition prior to its opening in order to interview Mike Kemp, Bob Bates and Jim Smith regarding their roles in setting up this tribute exhibition to the BBC's centenary. In addition they discuss the role played by the Pye company in enabling "Radio to Enter the Home".
The discussion follows both the BBC and Pye's history in leading to this landmark, particularly during the formative 1922 to 1932 period.
The interview is available on this player - courtesy of Tony Barnfield.
Cambridge Talking News, February 2023
Below are some of the panel displays from the exhibition, outlining the early days as "Radio Enters the Home" courtesy of the BBC and Pye.
(Hover over the display and use the right and left arrows to scan through the panels)
The Pye Company Heraldic Badges
World’s First Electronic PBX Telephone Exchange returns to Pye
Don Delanoy with the original Pye PBX
Richard Howes (l) and Roger Crabtree (r) receiving the prototype PBX from James Delanoy at the museum
How Things Work
Ever wondered how radio actually works?
How a valve or transistor function and what their differences are?
Three new and easily understood videos provide some of these answers.
They can be found on the Consumer Products page - follow the link.
Or indeed, ever wondered how two of the most common chemical analysis techniques work?
Several new videos provide examples of spectrometers and chromatographs in action.
They can be found within the Pye Unicam pages - follow the link
Following the popularity of the series of videos on how radio works, Bob Bates has now started a similar series on how television works.
The first, describes how a moving scene is converted by a TV camera into an electrical signal, transmitted by radio, then received and converted back into an image by the TV receiver.
The second video explains how colour is perceived by the eye and how colour television has been enabled as a consequence.
The third video explains how the signal coding and decoding works in a colour television, and compares the different systems. Inevitably this one is quite technical in content.
All three can be viewed by following the link
Focus on some exhibits from the museum ... (to learn more, click on the links)
Pye 'Chief Executive' UHF Radiotelephone
Pye ‘Chief Executive’, UHF transportable radiotelephone
This equipment was made in small quantities for UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who objected to obvious or overt security precautions around him.
In 1956 Pye launched the Record Maker. This was a record player that could play conventional records but could also record onto magnetic disks using a special magnetic record head. It came complete with a microphone and a magnet which could be used to erase the disk in order to re-record.
Pye Record Maker
The iconic Pye 25 Portable Wireless with "Rising Sun" fretwork.
A demonstration of this product was used to impress the manager of Barclays Bank to loan money to CO Stanley to buy the Pye company from WG Pye.
Pye 25 Wireless