Explore our world-class collection and discover the history of global communications and the people who made it happen. From the early days of the electric telegraph and undersea cables, to the invention of wireless, satellite, fibre optics and beyond.
PK Porthcurno's Young Curator, Maeve Cushla, shares images and findings of Planet PK's Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) beach clean.
The history of the Second World War is one rich in stories and those of cableships are no less courageous and hazardous than those of warships. Learn about a 'friendly' fire incident with the cableship Monarch.
Discover the history of cableships from the early ships repurposed to lay the first telegraph cables across the Atlantic, to the development of purpose built cableships that lay and repair fibre optic cables today.
Young Curator Maeve Cushla diverts our attention away from the sea and beach of Porthcurno and deep into the woodland that surrounds the valley.
Our cableship blog series continues with this account from the Second World War. In 1943, cable repair ship, Lady Denison-Pender, is escorted on hazardous duties by an armed convoy, in what is to be a very close call with a U-boat wolf-pack near the Spanish Sahara.
Duncan Mackenzie explores the fateful story of the cableship Grappler which got caught in the pyroclastic flow of the Mont Pelée volcano eruption of 1902. Part of our cableship blog series.
Duncan Mackenzie continues his cableship blog series with a story about the British cableship Colonia being fired upon by the US Navy in 1920!
Our Young Curator Maeve Cushla shares images and the findings of Planet PK's beach clean with Cornwall AONB.
Our Digital Collections Officer, Duncan Mackenzie, looks at the cable ship the Mackay-Bennett and it's role in recovering the deceased from the Titanic.
Explore the site of the Satellite Earth Station in Congor Bay, Barbados, with PK Porthcurno volunteer Robert de Corday Long, who worked for Cable & Wireless when the station was originally opened in 1972.
Our Digital Collections Officer, Duncan Mackenzie, explores the history of five cableships, each named Retriever.
Young Curator Maeve Cushla updates us on the Tevi Nightcam to get a sneak peek into the nightlife of our nocturnal friends in Porthcurno.
Duncan Mackenzie, our Digital Collections Officer, explores the history of Isambard Brunel’s SS Great Eastern. The SS Great Eastern was a formidable but flawed iron ship that laid the first successful transatlantic cable in 1866.
Planet PK talks to local ocean and lifestyle photographer Caleb Giddens and discuss the highs and lows of working in a field impacted by the environment and increased tourism.
Young Curator Maeve Cushla shares valuable personal experience, hints and tips about wildlife photography without causing harm to their environments.
Vida Long is a graduate from Wellington University, New Zealand researches the site of New Zealand's first international telegraph cable landing,
Citizen curator Hannah Reeves, researched the Marconi Map, created in 1917. The map is colour coded to show the language most used for communications in each country.
Isabelle Jones is a Young Curator and volunteer at PK Porthcurno. This article looks at the establishment of the first Australian subsea telegraph cable that connected Britain with Australia.
Citizen Curator Jay Hollis, a student from the University of Exeter is finding ways to be creative in telling stories through the museum's archives.
The telecommunication stamps in the PK collection teach us about the history of communication. All the stamps in this blog were issued by the countries attending the 2021 G7 summit in Cornwall.
On Tuesday 1st June PK Porthcurno staff, friends, residents and volunteers took part in the Surfers Against Sewage Million Mile Beach Clean and helped to remove an alarming amount of bank holiday rubbish.
Volunteer - Natalie Gunner, an English student at the University of Exeter, describes her experience of volunteering on the Zodiac project. What she has learned throughout the experience and the importance of social history.
Young Curator Raquel Coning, based in Australia, and inspired by information discovered in The Zodiac magazine, researches the heritage listed subsea cables that connected Darwin, Australia to the world 150 years ago.
Last year PK Porthcurno was gifted a collection of letters, written between the years 1915 to 1925, from the nephew of Edgar Lawrence Smith - who began his career working for the Western Telegraph Company.
As part of our Lights Out for Darker Skies exhibition Young Curator Maeve Cushla learnt to photograph the night sky at Porthcurno and discovers the different techniques used in astrophotography.
During National Gardening Week, our Young Curator Maeve Cushla decided to observe the PK gardens and record the types of species spotted enjoying the plants!
In 2020, PK Porthcurno was gifted a collection of digitised films, the majority of which have been filmed by Sir Edward Wilshaw, Chairman for Cable & Wireless from 1936 to 1947.
Introducing PK's 2021 Citizen Curators and International Research Interns and the projects that they will be undertaking using our archives and collection.
In our latest Planet PK blog, Maeve Cushla explores the positive and negative effect of social media and how it contributes to our understanding of the environment.
Sophie Meyer, Collections Cataloguer at PK Porthcurno unearths a mystery during some recent research in the photography archive.
Learn about the SES sponsored digitisation of 448 engineers reports from our archive that is being undertaken by the collections team.
In our latest Planet PK blog, we observe the elegant roe deer, captured on the Tevi camera, positioned on the museum grounds.
It's British Science Week and we are looking at the advent of the electric telegraph - the precursor to today's internet!
In our latest Planet PK blog, we discuss our work with Penwith Landscape Partnership, Cornwall AONB and Cornwall Council in supporting the West Penwith application aiming to become an International Dark Sky Park.
To celebrate the International Day of Women in Science we highlight a groundbreaking unit of Cable & Wireless that launched with the first female employees to be stationed overseas.
In our latest Planet PK blog, we look at the recent swell in Cornwall, and the potentially devastating effect these swells can have on our coastal landscape and coastal communities.
In our latest Planet PK blog, Young Curator Maeve Cushla observes the wintering birds that visit the valley and in particular the stonechat.
PK Porthcurno was selected to take part in a Kids in Museums mentoring project that explored ways of bringing play into the museum, in a socially distanced world.
In this weeks Planet PK blog, Young Curator, Maeve Cushla, observes the nocturnal behaviour of the red fox, as captured on our wildlife camera.
In our latest Planet PK blog, Young Curator, Maeve Cushla, observes the common buzzard, the most frequent bird of prey in Porthcurno valley.
In the fifth of our Planet PK blogs, Young Curator, Maeve Cushla, looks at how we can protect our coasts from pollution through careful consideration of what we purchase, take to, and safely remove from a day at the beach.
In the fourth of our Planet PK blogs, Young Curator, Maeve Cushla, watches and learns about nocturnal badger behaviour, as captured on our wildlife camera.
In the third of our Planet PK blogs, Young Curator, Maeve Cushla, explores the leafy debris of the valley and unearths the microlife that lives beneath.
In the second of our Planet PK blogs, Young Curator, Maeve Cushla, writes of her experience filming the grey seals that visit Porthcurno.
As the museum is closed for lockdown 2, Maeve Cushla, our Young Curator, spent this week photographing and researching the local songbirds around Porthcurno valley for the Kids in Museums takeover day.
Inspired by the uniformed Messenger Boys, who delivered telegrams by bicycle or foot, children from Sennen School will become ‘Messengers,’ sharing their own stories and collecting stories from their families and friends.
Citizen Curator Explores Medicine at the College Citizen Curator Susan Kersley brings her knowledge of medical matters to an exploration of the medical issues encountered in Porthcurno during the years of the engineering college in a video. It can be found on our YouTube channel. A unique exploration into an aspect of Porthcurno’s history, the
New Videos on the Museum’s YouTube Channel Communications are all around us and have revolutionised our lives. In our mini-series on classic public communication on the street, we look at the development of the iconic British telephone box. And in a supplemental video, we take a little look at the curious meeting between the
Pillar Boxes, Telephone Boxes, and a Little Talk & Tea It has been an active month on the museum’s YouTube channel, with seven videos being uploaded in only three weeks. These videos include ‘Talk & Tea’, created for an exhibition in our tunnels. Between January to March 2019 pupils from St Buryan Academy Primary School
Citizen Curator Lucy Coyne’s Video Now Showing! Lucy Coyne’s video – the result of her involvement in the Citizen Curators programme – focuses on the impact of the cable station and engineering college in Porthcurno on local people. It is a video full of interviews and stories. Find out about milk-bottle throwing and little boy
Our Latest Video is on YouTube As part of our mini-series on classic public communication on the street, our latest video looks at the red telephone box, an icon of British design recognised across the world. We focus on the ‘K2’, which is recreated in the video using Blender software (that thumbnail image of a
Our Citizen Curator Tiffany Coates’ Video Inside our collections, there is a mysterious object: a digeridoo! Follow Tiffany Coates as she attempts to uncover the secret of how it came to be in Porthcurno, and what a close examination of it can reveal! Watch the video, ‘A PK Mystery: the Digeridoo’ to learn more!
Our Latest Video is About the Humble Police Box We have a new video on our YouTube channel, called ‘The Police Box – classic public communication on the street’. It is part of a short series on communication before the wide-spread use of the telephone. If you needed the police but the local station was
In 1870, the cable to India was laid. But it wasn't the only thing to happen that year. Our latest video explores the events of 1870, a year that brought the modern world closer.
President and Captain of the Exiles Golf Society, Peter Burleigh, today presented the museum with a treasured collection of trophies spanning nearly 100 years.
The museum received a very special set of working phot0-telegraphy equipment, dated 1946, by Gerald Parnall.
Last week we were joined by Peter Selway, former head of the STL laser programme and former colleague of Charles Kao, inventor of the optical fibre.
Guest blogger for Commscope Kye Prigg, head of Networks at Vodafone UK, explains how the power of innovation is shaping mobile networks now and in the future.