Prior Scientific in the Cambridge Museum of Technology
Prior Scientific Instruments Ltd is honoured to be the first company to exhibit in the reopening of the Cambridge Museum of Technology on 7th June 2019 in Cambridge at The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Ln, Cambridge CB5 8LD. Prior Scientific, celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2019 and the last remaining UK microscope manufacturer, has an extraordinary new exhibition representing the company’s history of achievements.
The museums industrial heritage has been further preserved and given a new and fresh look with a modern café and improved facilities, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other funders. The site is the former Old Pumping Station and was constructed in 1894 as a solution to dealing with waste problems in the city. It was very intuitively designed so the waste could be recycled to power steam engines.
“It is quite a major development. The whole site has been pulled around but one element is a whole new building which will allow us to exhibit items that have never been on display before”, said Morgan Bell, assistant museum curator.
The exhibition includes the very James Swift & Sons (a Prior Scientific brand) Discovery microscope that Robert Falcon Scott was believed to have been used on his Antarctic expedition in 1901-1904. This expedition was the first official British exploration of the previously untouched continent. The Discovery model was ideal for the scientific research of Scott and his crew was because it was designed to be portable, yet fully functional, and durable. Other items are on display include Prior’s first ever microscope available to the public in 1930 and the 1952 research microscope which offered researchers a high level of precision and a manual stage to move a sample. More recently, Prior has developed many automated component parts which allow faster and more in-depth analysis. The public now have the opportunity to see this evolution for 2 months only (16th July – 8th September 2019).
“Both Prior Scientific and the Cambridge Museum have deep heritage in the Cambridgeshire area, and that is why we were so pleased to be given the opportunity to reveal the 100 year history of Prior Scientific to the general public, this will give an insight into what we have developed over the years” said David Marshall, UK/EU & ROW Marketing Manager.