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Photograph of art installation at Telegraph Museum Porthcurno consisting of messages to family and friends on large pieces of telegraphy slip, with information about My Porthcurno, community photography exhibition 2019.

My Porthcurno 2019

New Community Photography Exhibition for 2019

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno is showing off the creativity of our local community with an exhibition of photography in our Telegraphers Tea Room. The exhibition opens 1st April to coincide with the start of our 7-day summer opening times.

Community Art Project

Our community exhibition features winning and commended photographs as well as the work of all who entered. You will also find photographs by one of our resident Young Curators and our keen photographer-groundsman.

The exhibition is the culmination of our community photography competition and guided photographer walks that took place earlier this year.

Photography Competition

This year we asked our local community to capture the best of our collections. Our objects tell a unique story starting with the 1870 Cable that connected Great Britain with India.

Our collections range from intriguing social items to advanced mechanical systems and span nearly 150 years of communications history. We also have extensive grounds and external buildings including our fascinating Cable Hut, home to the shore-ends of undersea cables. Our sub-tropical gardens are beautifully developed and a haven for aeoniums, bromeliads, echiums and similar varieties of hardy tropicals.

Photography Walks

A new addition to this year’s competition were guided tours around the museum’s galleries and exhibitions led by our resident photographer Rebecca Peters.

The sessions were relaxed and used responsive methods of photography, guided by intuition and the creative eye. Participants were invited to explore the collections in close detail and to look for hidden narratives and perspectives.

“They had an absolute ball, really, really loved it and the whole workshop and museum too… learned loads and confidence was sky high afterwards.”

Our 2019 Community Photography project has been made possible by Cornwall Museums Partnership and Arts Council England through the NPO programme.

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Summer opening times:
(Monday 1 April 2019 – Friday 1 November 2019)
Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (last admission is at 4 pm).

Museum Café open on these days 11 am to 4 pm