The Porthcurno Telegraph Museum has been awarded a £100k grant from The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation.
The museum is often dubbed the ‘home of the Victorian internet’ and was once at the cutting edge of global communications when, in 1870, a telegraph cable was laid under the ocean linking the remote Cornish cove to Bombay, and Great Britain to her Empire.
The funding, which will go to the museum’s Developing for the Future capital project, will help to update its exhibitions and provide more modern facilities for its growing number of visitors.
Development project manager, Henrietta Boex, commented: “The museum buildings once formed the largest and busiest telegraph cable station in the world. We’re very proud of our old buildings, but they were not designed for thousands of visitors.
“By sensitively redeveloping them we’ll create more space for visitors, exhibitions and events creating an unforgettable visitor experience.”