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The entrance to Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

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Porthcurno Telegraph Museum lies on the Cornish coast, a few miles from Land's End. It was one of the most important sites in the development of telegraphic communication in the world.
Porthcurno began its life as an important centre of international communications. It was in 1870 that a chain of telegraph cables linking Britain with India was completed. Porthcurno was chosen as the landing point for the British end of this cable link. In 1929 the company also began to operate world radio communications through a merger with Marconi's radio network and it was renamed 'Imperial and International Communications'. In 1934 the name changed once again to 'Cable & Wireless'. At its height, Porthcurno was the world's largest cable station, with 14 telegraph cables in operation. The site is now a museum detailing the development of telecommunications through the 19th and 20th centuries.

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8th Oct 2007 by Brendan Routledge

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Geography, History, ICT, Science

Key Stages:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Keywords:
porthcurno, cornwall, telegraph, communication, technology, cable, wireless, transatlantic

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