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Imagine a life without computers or mobile phones. How did people get in touch, fast? Discover a pre-digital world at Telegraph Museum Porthcurno. A place where the land ends, and global communication began.

From the earliest Morse code message to the first email, the seeds of modern communication were sewn in Porthcurno.

It all started with a single underwater cable in 1870. Suddenly, it became possible to send messages from Porthcurno to The Jewel in the Crown (Bombay India) within a minute. A world of possibilities opened as Cornish shores connected with the British Empire.

One hundred years passed. Porthcurno’s undersea network multiplied. An intricate web of 14 cables connected Porthcurno to every corner of the world.

Following the closure of the telegraph station and training school, many important objects were at risk of being lost forever. Thanks to a small group of passionate individuals with connections to Porthcurno, these historically significant objects were saved.

These objects formed the basis of the Museum’s unique collection. The museum’s collection has designated status; recognition of its national and international significance. It is the only collection in Cornwall to have this status.

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