It is estimated that the Cable and Wireless Archive holds over 10,000 photographs dating from the late 1800s to the present day. As well as loose photographs, the archive includes personal photograph albums that were compiled by telegraph workers during their time living at remote stations around the world, providing a rare glimpse into their lives. The collection includes original photographs of telegraph station buildings, telegraph staff and their families, cableships (including construction and launch images), and events (including the laying of new cables). In collaboration with the Cornwall Museums Partnership and with funding from Arts Council England, the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno has spent the last three years digitising a selection of its large photograph collection. With the help of enthusiastic volunteers, we have now catalogued and digitised 6000 photographs, many of which have never been seen before. Click here to browse and buy these photographs.

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