About Us

PK Porthcurno is a museum that explores the story of how the world connects.

From 1870, when the first undersea telegraph cable came ashore here from India, to the arrival of fibre optics which carry virtually all our communications today, the sands of Cornwall’s most idyllic beach have hidden the world’s greatest communications secrets.

In its iconic white building just off the beach, PK Porthcurno is a celebration of the pioneering achievements of unsung heroes, and the power of human ingenuity in the quest to connect people and places. Here, we transformed the way the world connects. PK Porthcurno is for people who want to understand how a once uninhabited valley in Cornwall became the heart of worldwide communications, how it remains so today, and what might happen tomorrow.


By becoming a friend of PK Porthcurno, you are supporting vital projects including the conservation of our collection and historic listed buildings, our exhibitions and events, and our learning and public engagement programmes.

PK People

Meet the people that make up PK Porthcurno from our Trustees and Senior Management to the Engagement team, Collections, Visitor Services and Site.



Our volunteers are much valued members of the PK Porthcurno team and play an important role in supporting our visitors’ experience of the museum and its collections. We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, from supporting our visitor services to digitising our archives, creating videos for our YouTube channel, helping with our environmental programme, and keeping our historic equipment in good working order.

As a volunteer you’ll have the opportunity to make new friends, share your skills and even improve your employment opportunities, and you’ll also know that your time and expertise are helping to support the work of an educational charity and independent museum.

To find out more contact: info@pkporthcurno.com or call 01736 810966


We are currently recruiting the following role:

Collections Cataloguer: £19,060 (0.6 pro rata)
3 days a week, 14 months

The museum is looking for a Collections Cataloguer to prepare our existing database records for inclusion on the publicly accessible online catalogue.

The closing date for applications is Monday 12th October at midnight and interviews will take place in Porthcurno on Tuesday 20th October. To apply: https://pkporthcurno.com/news/we-are-recruiting-collections-cataloguer/

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