Appeal to preserve Cambridge company legacy
PUBLISHED: 15:49 06 October 2016 | UPDATED: 18:37 06 October 2016
New exhibition hopes for PYEoneering Cambridge Electronics company
The Pye History Trust is partnering with Cambridge Museum of Technology to create a permanent Pye exhibition.
The trust, which is run by former Pye employees, will benefit from a £1.32 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant that has awarded to the museum. The Heritage Lottery Fund grant is conditional on additional matching funds of £180,000, of which £99,000 has been raised.
Pye, founded in 1896 in Cambridge by William George Pye as W.G. Pye & Co. Ltd., introduced the first mains powered radio, and trialled colour television in 1953 at the Queen’s coronation.
At its peak it employed over 10,000 people in the Cambridge area and 30,000 people worldwide.
The Cambridge Museum of Technology Pye displays, housed in a newly converted building, will showcase the products and people which made Pye great. The PHT is also creating a virtual exhibition on their website.
The museum is offering businesses a range of perks for supporting their fundraising endeavour.