In 1870, our tiny seaside village of Porthcurno in Cornwall was the most connected place on the planet. It all started with a single cable that was laid under the beach and out to the sea. Suddenly our small town became a hub of communication, making it possible to send messages from Porthcurno to Mumbai within a minute. Britain was able to link with the rest of the world.
Fast-forward to 2017, and we invite you to visit and discover where the roots of modern communication began. Our family focussed museum has lots of hands-on science exhibits, games and interactive installations perfect for little minds and active imaginations. Even more exciting are the secret underground tunnels, hidden behind bomb-proof doors, and the trails with codes to crack. The museum also has an unexploded bomb on site, dropped on the telegraph station by the Luftwaffe.
Discover what life was like without computers or mobile phones. Step back in time, and dress up as a 1940’s telegraph engineer, finding out a little more about the jobs and positions the locals took on during this exciting time and the places they travelled to. Come along and visit, connect the dots and meet the pioneers of global communication that made long distance messaging possible.
Put on your hard hat, climb the escape stairs to the viewing platform to enjoy spectacular views high above Porthcurno valley. If that wasn’t enough, one of the best beaches in Cornwall is just a five-minute walk away. What are you waiting for?
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