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Imagine a life without computers or mobile phones. How did people get in touch, fast? Discover a pre-digital world at Telegraph Museum Porthcurno. A place where the land ends, and global communication began.

From the earliest Morse code message to the first email, the seeds of modern communication were sewn in Porthcurno.

It all started with a single underwater cable in 1870. Suddenly, it became possible to send messages from Porthcurno to The Jewel in the Crown (Bombay India) within a minute. A world of possibilities opened as Cornish shores connected with the British Empire.

One hundred years passed. Porthcurno’s undersea network multiplied. An intricate web of 14 cables connected Porthcurno to every corner of the world.

1970, the telegraph station closed. Still a hub of progressiveness, the telegraph station transformed into a world-renowned technical training college. Innovation at its core, skilled experts traveled from far and wide.

1993, the training college closed its doors for the final time. A few tenacious members of staff rescued key telegraphy machinery from the station. Like us, they knew there was a truly special story to be told to generations to come. 

Fast forward to 1998. Funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Cable and Wireless saw the birth of a visitor friendly Museum. It was time to re-share the hidden heritage at Porthcurno with the world.

In 2013, the Museum was  boosted by an £1.44 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its Developing for the Future project.

Today, we present to you this lasting legacy. Be part of the adventure and join the dots from the past to present.