Image taken from Points of Presence by artist Steve Rowell, showing a close up view of an old printed document with an illustration of a galley, rough seas and the tail of a whale.

Points of Presence

Our Exciting New Photography Exhibition!

On Thursday 21st June we open a new exhibition of work created by international research-based artist Steve Rowell.

Rowell’s installation is an ongoing investigation into the history, geography and archaeology of trans-Atlantic telecommunications sites, documenting places in Cornwall, Newfoundland and the US where the first telegraph cables physically connected the old world with the new.

International Communications

This exciting work will explore the museum’s unique heritage as one of the largest telegraph stations in the world and gives us the opportunity to explore our connections across the globe and between old and new communications technology.

Points of Presence opens on Thursday 21st June in our amazing World War Two Tunnels. It runs until April 2019. You can find more information about planning your visit here.

Artist Walk and Talk

On Friday 22 June, Steve Rowell will lead a free field trip to discuss his research, visiting local sites where fibre optic cables emerge, including Whitesand Bay and the Skewjack terminal. For booking information go to the Groundwork Website or their Facebook Page.


Points of Presence is presented as part of Groundwork, a season of international contemporary art in Cornwall between May and September. With a focus on place and an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, the programme presents new commissions, together with existing works by internationally acclaimed artists.