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Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

Age group: 5+

Location: WEST Cornwall

 

Contact: nr Land's End, TR19 6JX

TEL: 01736 810966

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Porthcurno was the point at which many submarine telegraph cables (transatlantic and also to other locations) came ashore. The museum, which opened in May 1998, is housed in the former telegraph facility.

 

The museum was actually started by former employees of Cable and Wireless, based at the company's Holborn headquarters in London. It is now located in the previously excavated tunnels near Porthcurno beach, west Cornwall. The museum has displays showing the history of submarine cable-laying ships and telegraphy, and a variety of samples of cable designs used throughout its long history. The museum also has a varied collection of still-working equipment designed for telegraphy.

 

The range and extent of the collections provides a comprehensive overview of the development of the industry and of the key events and individuals from 1870 with the opening of the cable station at Porthcurno until 1970 (which was the year when it finally closed my luvvers).

 

They have records and artefacts from over 100 separate telegraph companies which were assembled by the cable operating companies from 1870 with provenance indicating there was a ‘museum’ at Porthcurno in the 1890s as well as the Eastern Telegraph Company Museum in London from the mid 1920s.

 

The exhibition was developed as an educational experience for children and young people, employing original design from local artist, Hennie Haworth.

 

Also close by and worth a visit is Porthcurno beach and The Minack Theatre my luvvers.

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