Olympic flame inspires teenage trio's Torchbearers at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

By Ben Miller | 26 July 2012
A photo of a group of young people with a man carrying the olympic torch outside a museum
© Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
London 2012 Olympic Games: Torchbearers, Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno, until November 2012

Back when the build-up to the Games was slightly less tremulous, three adolescents from Penwith - Jonathon Oldcorn, Iris Boulton and Avis Kellman - were invited to create a modern photographic record of the torch relay.

Inspired by insights from Dave Jackson, the coastguard who sent the torch on its way from Land’s End almost 70 days ago, they combined photos of the torch path with stories from the archives of the Telegraph Museum, where the undersea telegraph cables linking Britain with its Empire and the world once surfaced.

Their display will stand outside the museum, luring visitors into a venue which lays claim to the only complete cable station in the world – the legacy of a town which was the largest cable site in the world, hosting one of the earliest commercial wireless systems at the very start of the 20th century.

“It’s been fantastic working with three young people who are so creative,” says Larissa Paver, the project leader.

“The exhibition will be seen by thousands of people, so it will be something they can be really proud of.”

Its setting has a link to a bright future as well as a pioneering past – the site of the exhibition will become a new public learning centre and archive in 2013.

  • Open 10am-5pm. Admission to the museum is £4.20-£7.20 (free for under-5s, family ticket £18).
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