The award-winning Telegraph Museum Porthcurno has been granted £100,000 by the DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund.
The museum is temporarily closed to the public whilst extensive development takes place inside its Grade II listed Edwardian buildings, which once formed part of the world’s biggest and busiest telegraph cable station.
The ambitious project will deliver exciting new exhibitions, improved visitor facilities, and a brand new café. The museum expects to re-open to the public later this summer, but continues to run a reduced events schedule and learning programme in the meantime.
“We’re delighted by the news of today’s award. The support from DCMS/Wolfson is vital to our project which will inspire people with a remarkable history that really has shaped the world we live in. The telegraph was the precursor to the internet, and in an age when we are constantly connected to one another, these stories and collections are more relevant than ever,” said chief executive Mark George.
The latest award places the Telegraph Museum alongside such national treasures as Kensington Palace and Shakespeare’s birthplace which have also received grants.
Phase one of the museum’s project is already complete. A landmark new building now houses the museum’s famous archive as well as the Clore Learning Space which provides a hub for visiting schools and community groups.
Designed by architect MJ Long of Long and Kentish, the team behind Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum Cornwall, the building has a distinctive winged roof and enormous windows which flood the building with light.
“The new museum building has been fantastic for us and has allowed us to continue working with schools and the community right throughout the museum closure,” said communications officer Rachel Webster.
“We hosted a local school nativity play here at Christmas, and the St Levan Local History Group is regularly meeting here to plan their next book project. It’s become a real nerve-centre for our communities and we can only see that growing once the museum itself is open again.”
For more information about the museum’s events and its development project see its website: www.porthcurno.org.uk