Collections and Research

Collections and Research

Following the closure of the telegraph station and training school, many important objects were at risk of being lost forever. Thanks to a small group of passionate individuals with connections to Porthcurno, these historically significant objects were saved.

These objects formed the basis of the museum’s unique collection. The museum’s collection has designated status; recognition of its national and international significance. It is the only collection in Cornwall to have this status.

The collection is incredibly diverse; ranging from the museum buildings themselves to artworks, and working telegraph equipment to maps. It also includes the business archive of Cable & Wireless which forms an important resource for academics and family historians around the world; find out more about accessing the archive.

We aim to have as much of the collection on public display as possible, and many of our important instruments are maintained in full working order by a dedicated team of volunteers. This provides a unique experience for anyone visiting the museum site, but if you can’t get here in person take a look at this short video for a taster.


We cannot physically display all of our collections in the museum, many of which are kept behind the scenes in our stores. To give better access to these hidden gems, we are digitising them with the view to making them available online. 


You can view snapshots of our vast photographic collection online at