Just writing this blog means I take number of things for granted: firstly there’s electricity and a laptop. Then there’s technology I don’t understand which means tapping on a QWERTY keyboard flings the words I write into cyberspace and lands them on your laptop or in the palm of your hand. We found out more about the beginnings of the era of mass communication yesterday afternoon at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum.
If you’re wondering where to visit in Cornwall this half-term week, the museum is a great space to learn about the ‘exiles’; the men and women who were posted around the world who made communication possible. Here are a few of the edited highlights of our trip yesterday. NB: Don’t miss the opportunity to don a hard hat and walk up the escape route for an amazing view.
There’s a really engaging 20 minutes demonstration at regular intervals of Victorian technology with the chance to send a Victorian text message. Shh, don’t tell the kids their being educated….they won’t notice at all!
Lots of hands on fun for children and teens too, we sent a message by morse code.
The view from the top of the escape route.
And of course there are great cakes in the cafe
Next time you dash out a text message on your mobile device, remember the pioneers who spent time at Porthcurno – it’s not surprising that they call it the ‘most connected valley on the planet’
Half Term Activities – more details on the website