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Press Release| Telegraph Museum- Relaxed Opening for visitors with Autism| 9 Feb

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Relaxed Opening

for visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorders and associated conditions

Saturday 9 February | 11am to 1pm

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Photo credit Rebecca Peters

On Saturday 9th February, The Telegraph Museum Porthcurno are holding their first ever Relaxed Opening for visitors and families with Autism Spectrum Disorders and associated conditions. Displays will be adapted for the event, and staff from Spectrum will be on site for anyone who might want to find out more about their services. The event includes 25% off museum entry*, and visitors can take part in our FREE ‘Cardboard Communication Station' drop-in workshop anytime between 11am and 4pm, in the museum's Clore Learning Space.

The museum once housed the largest telegraph station in the world, and is now a dynamic, family-oriented museum detailing over 150 years of communications history, from the very first under-sea cable networks to modern fibre optics. Located in the beautiful Porthcurno valley, the museum boasts historic buildings, subtropical gardens, a café and unique World War II tunnels, which were the secret hub of Britain's wartime communications.

The museum is accessible by car and by public transport, and there are Blue Badge parking spaces onsite. Museum carparking is FREE.

The museum will be open as usual to all visitors all day. For further information see

*Terms and conditions apply


Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, Eastern House, Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6JX

01736 810966 ||




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Editors Notes

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

The tiny Cornish village of Porthcurno was once the heart of international telecommunications, boasting the largest telegraph station in the world. Today, the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno is a vibrant and captivating heritage attraction. Discover our World War II tunnels, which were the secret hub of Britain's wartime communications; visit the Cable Hut where the UK's network of underwater telecommunication cables came ashore; explore exhibitions and interactive displays telling the amazing story of global telecommunications. from the first practical use of electricity to how we communicate today using fibre optic cables that still run beneath the world's seas and oceans.

A Unique History

The Telegraph Museum is unique amongst Cornwall's heritage attractions and illustrates the crucial role Porthcurno and its residents played in the development of modern communications. In particular it tells the story of the people who came to train at the telegraph station, the friendships and romances they formed, the extraordinary lives they led as Cable & Wireless employees in far flung locations across the British Empire, and the vital role they played in defining the Allies' strategy during World War II.

For Families

Designed for all ages, this family-friendly interactive museum showcases the science, the people, and the amazing stories that made developments in global communications possible, and demonstrates how advances in digital communications are changing the world forever. Immerse your family in Porthcurno's lasting legacy and spend the day exploring science, technology, history and the world around us. With secret tunnels, trails, codes to crack, interactive technology, hands-on experiments and creative seasonal events, families can take advantage a wealth of inspiring activities throughout the year, as well as enjoying our onsite café, and browsing our museum shop.

For Schools

Our varied programme of school workshops combines engaging hands-on activities with time to explore the Museum. Our experienced learning team will work with you to plan your visit, tailoring workshops to meet your groups' needs or specific learning outcomes. Activities are hosted at our onsite Clore Learning Space - an accessible and flexible space designed for both formal and informal learning.

For Students and Researchers

Available by arrangement to school students, undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers, the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno houses the business archive of Cable & Wireless, an enviable collection that includes thousands of unique records from Porthcurno's lasting communication legacy, including an estimated 10,000 photographs from the 1850's to the present day. Following the closure of the original telegraph station and training school, many historically significant objects were kept and now form the basis of the Museum's unique collection, which has designated status in recognition of its national and international significance.

Additional Information

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno is owned by the PK Trust which is a registered educational charity no. 1062233.

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, Eastern House, Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6JX | 01736 810966|


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