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The Museum of Technology in Cambridge is planning two days of live music and more on July 24 and 25 to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Fred's House. Picture: Zulfiya Wilde
Fred's House. Picture: Zulfiya Wilde

Nick Plaister, a volunteer at the museum who handles marketing duties, asked the Cambridge Folk Club for help in procuring the acts, resulting in an impressive line-up which includes folk rockers Fred’s House – who will be headlining – country group Jackson Creek Band, Chris Fox, 4Tunes Friends, and Mythopoeic.

As well as live music, the Birthday Bash Weekend will feature family activities such as craft workshops, outdoor toys, and stories from the Cambridge Storytellers. Community organisations and local charities will be on site, including the 100 years of Coconuts exhibition and Cam Valley Forum.

Front of the Cambridge Museum of Technology
Front of the Cambridge Museum of Technology

William, the steam powered corporation road roller, will be on site and in steam, along with other steam engines and a group of historic MG cars. Food and drink will be provided by Kerb Kollective (coffee, ice cream, pastries), the Caribbean Lick foodtruck, a Real Ales bar, and shop.

An MG at Cambridge Museum of Technology
An MG at Cambridge Museum of Technology

Nick said: “We thought it would be fun to have an event to celebrate 50 years of the museum, so I asked the gang up at the Cambridge Folk Club if they fancied doing something, and they did.

An MG at Cambridge Museum of Technology
An MG at Cambridge Museum of Technology

“They’ve organised what we’re doing on the Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday afternoon, Cambridge 105 are getting some people together to come and do some stuff.”

‘William’ at the Cambridge Museum of Technology
‘William’ at the Cambridge Museum of Technology

Both musical events will be held at the museum itself, in the yard area situated on the higher level at the back of the building. Visitors are encouraged to dress up in ’70s clothing.

Steam engine at Cambridge Museum of Technology
Steam engine at Cambridge Museum of Technology

Nick says that Robin Mansfield and the team at the Cambridge Folk Club were keen to get involved. “They’ve been doing online Zoom music events for the last 15 months now,” he said, “so to do something live would be something they’d enjoy doing – and it’s broadly outside so it felt like it would be, relatively speaking, safe.

"And by good luck, we seem to be on the right side of opening up as well.”

Opening day at the Cambridge Museum of Technology in 1971
Opening day at the Cambridge Museum of Technology in 1971

The Cambridge Museum of Technology is the home of the city's industrial heritage. Based in the city’s historic sewage pumping station, the museum helps people to learn about their industrial heritage by celebrating the achievements of local industries and the people who worked in them.

Opening day at the Cambridge Museum of Technology in 1971
Opening day at the Cambridge Museum of Technology in 1971

Tickets for the Birthday Bash Weekend can be purchased on the day at the door. It is £6 for adults, £5 for concessions, £4 for children (5-18), and under-5s get in free. For more, visit museumoftechnology.com.

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