Archive roof craned into position

We were so excited by the presence of an enormous crane on site this morning, but nowhere near as excited as Collections Manager, Charlotte Dando, when she got a first glimpse of the new archive complete with concrete roof this afternoon. Museum staff were able to see the giant crane (which can often be seen working at Falmouth docks) moving huge concrete slabs into place, forming the roof of the new archive. This afternoon, the Midas site management team were happy to give members of the Museum team and architects Long & Kentish a preview of the new archive space.

The new build is due for completion in 2013 when the archive will decant its objects and documents into the new bespoke space. A new flexible learning space will be housed in the same building, which sits adjacent to the main Museum building, Eastern House.

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Craning the final concrete slab into position.

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A perfect fit!

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Museum staff and architects Long & Kentish inspect the archive space

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Looking back from the new archive & learning centre towards the main Museum building, Eastern House. Collections Manager Charlotte Dando (left) and Development Project Manager Henrietta Boex discuss progress.

Celebratory turf cutting on site

We were delighted that Lady Banham MBE, President of the PK Trust, recently joined Museum staff in a symbolic turf cutting on site of our new Learning Centre and Archive. The 430 meter square building has been designed by award-winning architects Long & Kentish and is due to open its doors in spring 2013.

Mike O’Neill, Division Director for construction partner Midas, commented: “The centre includes an Archive for a unique collection of documents and it is very important that this part of the building is fully commissioned and the environmental conditions balanced before the Museum occupies it.”

Development Project Manager, Henrietta Boex, summed up what the new buildings means for the local area: “Porthcurno valley has been shaped by the presence of the telegraph since 1870 when the first cable came ashore, linking it to the rest of the world. This exciting development is the latest chapter in Porthcurno’s story and the Learning Centre and Archive will be an excellent resource for local schools, community groups, academics and family historians. Increasing access will allow many more people to explore Porthcurno’s unique heritage and discover how the telegraph changed the way we live and communicate today.”