Following the closure of the Porthcurno Telegraph Station and training school, many important objects were at risk of being lost forever.
Thanks to a small group of passionate individuals with connections to Porthcurno, these historically significant objects were saved, and formed the basis of the museum’s unique collection. The collection now has Designated status in recognition of its national and international significance. It is one of only two collections in Cornwall to be awarded this status.
The collection is incredibly diverse, ranging from the museum buildings themselves to documents, artworks, photographs, working telegraph equipment and maps. It also includes the business archive of Cable & Wireless, which is an important resource for academics and family historians around the world.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Make the most of your experience at PK Porthcurno with our handy guide. Find out opening times, how you can reach us and more.
PK150 CONNECTED COLLECTIONS
Explore the 2021 Citizen Curator’s (CC) project, part of an exciting project titled PK150 Connected Collections, funded by Arts Council England. All of the CC were students at Exeter University partnered with an international student based globally at locations associated with telegraphy that included India, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Portugal.