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Press Release | May Half-Term Family Activities at the Telegraph Museum

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26 | 03 | 19

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May Half-Term Activities for Kids
 Join us for FREE drop-in activity sessions

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This May half-term, the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno invite you to take part in our PK Pioneers

‘I SPY: MY NAME' activity workshops. Held on Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 May in the museum's spacious Clore learning space, workshops are inspired by the current ‘I SPY: THE SECRET LISTENERS' exhibition and are FREE for kids of all ages and accompanying adults.

You can find out about Morse Code with the friendly museum team, use colour coding and beads to make your very own ‘My Name' Morse Code wristband, and build and play with a super-sized Morse code cable!

Just drop in during session hours. No booking is required.


Dates: Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 May

Time: 11am - 12.30pm, and 1.30pm to 3pm.

Venue: Clore Learning Space, Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, TR19 6JX.

Cost: This is a FREE drop-in event. No booking required.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


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May and June at the Telegraph Museum

Exhibitions and family friendly events

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Inspire your kids with a visit to the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, where curious minds can get to grips with big ideas and amazing histories. Designed for all ages, our interactive museum showcases the science, the people and the stories that made developments in global communications possible, and demonstrates how advances in digital communications are changing the world forever.

For little ones,our exhibitions full of buttons, buzzers, lights and levers make learning fun and are perfect for busy little hands.

Kids large and smallcan take advantage of a wealth of inspiring activities, from secret tunnels, codes to crack, interactive technologies and hands-on experiments, as well as visiting our onsite café, or enjoying a family picnic in our beautiful museum gardens.


Current Exhibitions


Telling the story of how ordinary people did extraordinary things to keep communications between Britain and her Allies open during World War II. Discover the daring work needed to keep cable ships operating across our oceans, and the important role telegrams played in the war.


Exploring how the telegraph was used to spy on, and intercept, messages, both at home and abroad. Learn how the Eastern Telegraph Company spied on Marconi's early wireless tests at the turn of the 20th century, and how the telegraph was used during both World Wars to maintain secrecy.


This fascinating exhibition tells the story of the men who dug into and dynamited the Porthcurno hillside in 1940, building secret tunnels to house the Telegraph Station during World War II.


The culmination of a two-month open submission competition, this exhibition showcases photos of the Telegraph Museum site taken by visitors and amateur photographers, as selected by our judging panel of professional photographers.

Family Friendly Events

On Saturday 18 May, Saturday 15 June and Saturday 20 July from 10.30am to 12pm, 7 to 12 year-olds can join our free ‘STEAM Explorers' session, a morning of hands on making activities that explore the realms of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. STEAM sessions are held monthly during term time and provide children with an opportunity to explore scientific ideas, tackle problem-solving and learn the importance of teamwork.

On Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 May, from 11am to 12.30pm, and 1.30pm to 3pm, kids of all ages can drop in to our free PK Pioneers ‘I SPY: MY NAME' family workshop, for hands on activities linked to our ‘I Spy: The Secret Listeners' exhibition.

Our free STEAM and ‘PK Pioneers' sessions are held in the Clore Learning Space opposite the museum car park. Museum entry not required. Just drop in. No need to book.


Telegraph Museum Opening times from 1stApril 2019

10:00am to 5:00pm

(Last admission 4pm)

Admission Prices from 1stApril 2019

Adult: £9.00

Child - under 18: £5.50 (under 5s go free)

Family £26.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Senior: £8.00

Student: £8.00


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The Telegraph Museum is situated in beautiful gardens above Cornwall's Porthcurno beach


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

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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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