The small Cornish coastal village of Porthcurno plays an important role in the history of global telecommunications.
Its remote beach saw the arrival of the first UK undersea telegraph cable in 1870 which connected the UK to India and other parts of the British Empire. Subsequent generations of those cables have carried telephone, then data communications traffic to connect the UK to the rest of the world.
The village was also the location of a training college for British telecommunications company, Cable & Wireless, with student engineers coming from across the world to learn cable and satellite communication.
Fast forward over 150 years from arrival of the first cable and Porthcurno remains a showcase for communications through PK Porthcurno Museum of Global Communication, sitting on the site of part of the old training college and just up from the beach where the cable arrived. This month the museum opened a year-long exhibition on the 40-year history of the mobile phone.