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£150,000 towards boosting coastal communities

£150,000 towards boosting coastal communities

Coastal Communities Fund logo 2013We are delighted to announce an award of £149,587 by the Coastal Communities Fund towards our capital project, ‘Developing for the Future.’ The award was announced today by Community Secretary Eric Pickles and will help to fund the two-phase project, due for completion in 2014.

“We are delighted by news of the Coastal Communities Fund award. For 140 years Porthcurno was an important hub of global communications and known internationally. Our project aims to tell this story but also to spread the benefit of development to local communities through opportunities for enjoyment, learning, volunteering and employment.” – Henrietta Boex, Development Project Manager.

Phase one of the project is the construction of the new archive and Clore Learning Space; due to open later this year. The learning space will provide a hub for visiting schools, community groups, family researchers and academics whilst the state-of-the-art archive will house some 2782 objects and over 18,000 documents… and counting!

In this, the second round of Coastal Communities funding, twenty seaside projects in England have received grants of up to £2.6 million to use on projects that will deliver almost 4,000 jobs, support 250 new business start-ups, and create more than 1,500 apprenticeships and 400 volunteering opportunities.

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum’s own project is expected to create 5 new full time posts (some of which have already been filled) as well as new volunteering opportunities. Additional employment opportunities are expected to be created indirectly through construction, exhibition design and installation and later on for the local producers who will supply the museum’s new cafe.

For more information about the Coastal Communities Fund, see: http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/

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