The Telegraph Museum Porthcurno has been granted £100k by the DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund; part of a £4 million boost for museums and galleries announced today by Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey.
The museum is temporarily closed to the public whilst extensive development takes place inside its Grade II listed Edwardian buildings, which once formed part of the world’s biggest and busiest telegraph cable station.
The ambitious project will deliver new exhibitions, improved visitor facilities, and a new café. The museum expects to re-open to the public later this summer, but continues to run a reduced events schedule and learning programme in the meantime.
CEO, Mark George, said: “We’re delighted by the news of today’s award. The support from DCMS/Wolfson is vital to our project which will inspire people with a remarkable history that really has shaped the world we live in.
“The telegraph was the precursor to the internet, and in an age when we are constantly connected to one another, these stories and collections are more relevant than ever.”