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Porthcurno, Penzance Historic Britain

Porthcurno valley, in the far west of Cornwall, was the hub of international cable communications from 1870-1970 and a training college for the communications industry until 1993.
In WWII secret tunnels were dug by Cornish miners to house an underground building and the entire telegraph operations. These bomb proof/gas proof tunnels provided 14 secure cables out of the UK to its allies.

The technology behind communication has changed the world. Mobiles, fibre optics, the World Wide Web, radio and television would not have been possible without the development of the telegraph and early wireless technology.
We are here to tell part of this story; from the first use of electricity to how we communicate today. How cable communication and early wireless technology came to change our perceptions and our everyday lives.

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Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
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