Lord Pender unveils new developments at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
LORD PENDER of Porthcurno has unveiled a new archive and learning space at the village's telegraph museum.
The official opening of the attraction's newest building marked the completion of the first phase of the an ongoing development and expansion project.
The museum, which will be closed until summer 2014, will re-open with new visitor facilities including a new cafe and updated exhibitions.
Rachel Webster, communications officer, said it was "an opportunity to look forward to the next chapter in its transformation" at the launch.
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"It was a fantastic evening," she added. "It was really pleasant - a first opportunity to see the building complete.
"We allowed access to some parts of the building that are usually closed off, so it was a chance to see 'behind the scenes'," she added.
Around 50 people attended the event, with a larger and more elaborate celebration planned next year as the final section of the improvements is finished.
Rachel added it was special that Lord Pender played a big part in the night.
"It is fitting Lord John Dennison-Pender, the 3rd Baron of Porthcurno and great-great-grandson of telegraph pioneer John Pender, should unveil the commemorative plaque at the entrance to the museum's new archive area and Clore Learning Space," she said.
"His ancestors' portrait hangs in the brand new archive facility."