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New light on Cambridge's industrial history

Available from 9am Friday 11 until 6pm Sunday 13 September

The town gas works was one of the largest industrial sites in Cambridge during the 19th and 20th centuries.
It occupied land next to the Pumping Station (now home to Cambridge Museum of Technology) on the Halingway (now Riverside). The site operated for over 150 years before it was redeveloped for housing and retail in the early 21st century.

However, traces of the company’s legacy exist in archives across Cambridgeshire and nationally. Dr Gordon Davies draws on previously unpublished maps and time-lapse photography of Cambridge gas-works to capture the transformation of an area once described as “brick kilns and pasture”, before steel gas-holders rose above the east-Cambridge skyline during the Victorian era.


Image copyright: Cambridge Museum of Technology

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