Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is the most recent to send her congratulations following the fantastic news of our £1.44million Heritage Lottery Fund award. In a letter addressed to Museum Director Libby Buckley last week, the Princess’ private secretary, Captain Nick Wright CVO RN, wrote:
“The Princess Royal has asked me to thank you for your recent letter explaining that the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum has been awarded £1.44 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a further £125,000 from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.”
“Her Royal Highness was delighted to hear this excellent news and sends you and all your colleagues at the Museum her best wishes for your continued success.”
The Princess Royal visited us in the summer of 2012 when she met with Museum staff and volunteers, before officially opening the Nerve Centre of Empire exhibition in Eastern House. We hope that Her Royal Highness’ schedule allows her to make a return visit on completion of the capital project in 2014!
We are delighted to announce the award of £35,000 towards our ‘Developing for the Future’ capital development. The award from SubOptic, an organisation which represents the international telecommunications community, will enable us to deliver an innovative education programme from spring 2013. The programme will create innovative online learning resources for all ages, and benefit communities across the world. It will also enable us to build connections with communities in India, Africa, the MIddle East, the Americas, Australia, continental Europe and the UK, providing a platform for future collaborative projects.
“The telegraph companies created the first worldwide communications network; the internet of its day. It’s extremely exciting that SubOptic, which represents so many of our global high-tech telecommunications companies, is giving us their support. The award will help us to preserve our communications heritage, but also to tell this important story to a much wider audience than can possibly visit us here in Cornwall. When we think about the power of cable-based communications technology and how it has shaped our world, we realise that it is a story that touches every one of us and has never been more relevant than it is today.” Museum Director Libby Buckley
John Horner of SubOptic commented on the award:
“We are very excited about sponsoring this activity. It is exactly in line with the commitment of our organisation to stimulate debate and educate the community about the importance of the global undersea submarine cable network to the world. We hope this resource will form an important element for our next conference, SubOptic 2013, scheduled to be held in Paris, from the 22-25th April 2013.”
You can read more about this story on our website: www.porthcurno.org.uk
Learn more about SubOptic: www.suboptic.org
St Erth Community Primary continue their WW2 session in the secret tunnels
Simon Timms, Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund’s South West Committee, joined us last week to celebrate our fantastic fundraising news. Following the announcement of our £1.44 million HLF award Simon was keen to see the Museum for himself, and was pleased to get a behind-the-scenes tour from Museum Director, Libby Buckley. Local school St Erth
St Erth Community Primary taking part in a WW2 Home Guard drill
Community Primary were on site at the time enjoying a WW2 themed session but were only too happy to get involved, smiling enthusiastically for the local press. Here are a couple of shots from the day…
Simon and LIbby take in Porthcurno's views from the Museum's viewing platform
Simon Timms of HLF and Libby Buckley, Museum Director, explore the WW2 tunnels & escape steps