The Telegraph Museum is to benefit from a new round of funding just announced jointly by the Government and a major grant-giving foundation.
The Museum in Porthcurno has been awarded £130,000 under the scheme known as the DCMS/Wolfson Museum Improvement Fund.
Tim Cooke, Director of the Telegraph Museum, said: “This award will allow us to build upon the fabulous £3 million refurbishment programme completed in 2014 by improving the way we tell the astonishing story of the secret World War Two Tunnels at Porthcurno while also showcasing how contemporary Cornwall connects the whole of the UK with the wider world today via its network of fibre optic cable.
“We are delighted to receive this further support from the DCMS/Wolfson Fund and look forward to delivering an even more engaging and purposeful experience for visitors in the future.”
The Telegraph Museum holds internationally important collections and tells the story of transformational communications networks between Cornwall and the rest of the world from 1870 until the present day. Its collections hold ‘Designated’ status from Arts Council England. The Museum attracts support from the Vodafone Foundation, Arts Council England via Cornwall Museums Partnership and Cornwall Council.
Announcing details of the awards Matt Hancock MP, Minister Digital and Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, said: “We want people to be able to enjoy world-leading culture wherever they live and whatever their background. These grants will make an important contribution toward increasing access to wonderful collections and improving the visitor experience at museums right across the country.”
Commenting on the £4 million of awards across England, Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said: “This is a wonderful example of how a charity and government can work fruitfully together in partnership and we are grateful to the government for matching our funding. The awards demonstrate the richness and variety of the country’s museum collections.”
In 2014 the Telegraph Museum completed a successful £3 million investment programme which greatly improved visitor experience, exhibition displays and created a new learning and archive centre. That project also attracted support from the DCMS/Wolfson Fund. The Heritage Lottery Fund was a major supporter of the improvement scheme. Other funders included the Clore Duffield Foundation, Cornwall Council, Vodafone, Cable & Wireless, Garfield Weston Foundation and SubOptic.
The Museum’s secret tunnels were created in 1941 to protect the vital telegraph operation from German attack. Bombs were dropped on Porthcurno by the Luftwaffe and one of the unexploded devices is on display at the Museum.
The Telegraph Museum is currently open throughout the winter season on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays between 11am and 4.30pm. From April 1st until the end of October it will be open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm.