PK Porthcurno - Museum of Global Communications
2022 WINTER OPENING TIMES
1 January 2022 - 8 April 2022
Saturday, Sunday and Monday
10:30 - 16:00
2022 Summer Opening Times
9 April 2022 - 30 October 2022
Open daily 10:00 - 17:00
Last admission one hour before close.
Porthcurno’s golden sandy beach and azure blue waters hide an amazing secret. Right beneath your feet, messages from all corners of the globe have been buzzing through undersea cables since 1870 making Porthcurno one of the most connected places on the planet and a hub of global communications to this very day.
Discover this hidden history at the award-winning PK Porthcurno - Museum of Global Communications, nestled in Porthcurno Valley, and leave feeling surprised and amazed. Explore new interactive exhibitions, live demonstrations and family-friendly activities that bring the communication story to life in a fun and engaging way no matter what your age.
Explore the underground World War Two tunnels and experience the sights and sounds of a working telegraph station. What’s more? After you’ve finished exploring the museum, enjoy a spot of lunch in the cafe, or grab yourself a treasure in the museum’s shop.
Plan your visit now at www.pkporthcurno.com
Activities and Events
PK Porthcurno offers a diverse range of activities, and events throughout the year. From family-friendly activities, to science workshops, evening talks, and crafting workshops. Most of the events are free, and are included with normal admission price.
PK Porthcurno is situated in one of Cornwall’s most beautiful and historically important valleys. Porthcurno is one of Cornwall’s best-kept secrets. It is home to one of Britain’s finest beaches, PK Porthcurno - Museum of Global Communications, and Cornwall’s world famous open-air theatre, The Minack. Porthcurno is the perfect place to spend the day exploring.
PK Porthcurno's online Collection goes live!
PK Porthcurno, Museum of Global Communications holds a Designated archive and object collection recognised by Arts Council England as being of national and international importance. The collection covers the history of international communications, from the laying of the first undersea telegraph cables in the late 1800s to the modern-day fibre-optics and high-speed internet that we know today.
With the launch of the PK Online Collection (PKOC), there is now unprecedented access to this unique collection. From the comfort of home, anyone can search over 33,500 records, browse 11,000 photographs, find a relative’s name, or explore telegraph stations from around the world.
It is now possible to browse through digitised photographs, scanned by a dedicated team of Archive volunteers over the last six years, covering views of Africa in the late 1800s to the bombing of Electra House in London during World War Two.
Visit www.pkporthcurno.com and select ‘PK Online Collection’ to see what you will discover.
To celebrate the launch of PKOC, a new exhibition has also opened at the museum. Presenting the award-winning project PK150: Connected Collections, this exhibition showcases the work created by students based around the world following their own remote explorations into the collections at PK Porthcurno.
Five international students were selected from locations associated with the history of global communications, including India, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and Portugal. Each student was then partnered with an Exeter University student. The pairs worked together to explore the collections developing their own research ideas. The students were given complete freedom to select what topics they wanted to research and how they would present their findings. Research included studies into the language landscape of India, and the environmental impacts of telegraphy.
After completing their research, the students created artistic visual outputs to allow their findings to be accessible to a wider audience and these are all on display in the new exhibition. This project has allowed the collection to be viewed from new perspectives, discovering hidden stories, and sharing new ones, providing a fascinating insight into the global impact of telegraphy.
PK Porthcurno hope the students’ work will inspire others to carry out their own research using the PK Online Collection as a tool for exploration.
WINNER: Unsung Hero Award, Cornwall Tourism Awards 2020/21
GOLD WINNER: Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2018/19, Cornwall Tourism Awards. Museum, Art & Industrial Attraction 2014/15, Cornwall Tourism Awards.
SILVER WINNER: Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014/15, South West Tourism Excellence Awards.
BRONZE WINNER: Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012/13, South West Tourism Excellence Awards.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2018/19, South West Tourism Excellence Awards.