A project to develop one of West Cornwall’s most important pieces of history has benefited from being awarded more than £1.5 million in grants.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum is one of the county’s most popular museums and is often describes as the home of the “Victorian internet” as it was a vital hub of global communications for over 100 years.
Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a £1.44 million grant to the museum and they also received a further £125,000 from the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS)/Wolfson Fund. The museum is located near Land’s End has an ambitious development plan that aims to celebrate and preserve the area’s unique history.
The museum will use the money to make create an improved experience for visitors, build a new introduction gallery and open extra gallery space where they can hold exhibitions and events.
There will also be a new café and a purpose-built Learning Centre where learning and community activities will be held.
Libby Buckley, the museum’s director said: “We are delighted by this result. The heritage we have here is so important, not only to Cornwall, but globally. We’re often told that we’re a great small museum, and that we punch above our weight, and I think today’s news certainly supports that.
“The exciting thing is that this funding will enable us to get even better, and take our story to even more people. Just like Cornwall’s famous mining landscape, the telegraph story is a huge part of Cornish and British heritage that deserves to be celebrated.”