Porthcurno Telegraph Museum announces grants to develop its visitor resources

By Ralph Gifford | 11 May 2011
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a Victorian black and white photo of people on a beach watching a cable being laid
Laying Fayal cable from Porthcurno 1906© Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
A museum in Penwith has announced it has received three grants from different sources to help it redevelop its facilities.

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum initially announced in March that it had received a grant of £125,000 from the Clore Duffield Foundation to help it build a new flexible learning space for schools, the local community and visiting families.

Since then a further £60,000 has been donated by The Headley Trust with another £20,000 coming from an anonymous source. This brings the total amount of grants received to more than £200,000.

The museum’s learning manager, Larissa Paver, said she was very excited by this news.

“The new specialist facilities will allow the museum to offer a wider range of education workshops and cater for the needs of a greater number of schools and family groups than is currently possible," she added.

The development, which will be named the Clore Learning Space, has been designed by M J Long of the renowned, award-winning architects Long & Kentish. The build is part of the museums long term redevelopment plans which also include a new, bespoke archive and alterations to its Edwardian telegraph building. 

This weekend the museum is also taking part in Museums at Night. For £3 people will be able to spend the night sleeping in the wartime underground tunnels beneath the museum whilst taking part in an interactive workshop and arts and crafts activities.

For more information contact the museum on 01736 810966.

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