Miss Becky Orchard

Graduate Research Assistant

I graduated in 2014 from the University of Exeter with BA (Hons) in English. My dissertation research focused on how Cornwall and the Cornish identity are represented in specific retellings of the Tristan and Iseult legend of the last two centuries. My work included oral history interviews and primary archival research at the Archives and Special Collections located on the Penryn Campus.

I completed an MA in Cultural Heritage Management at the University of York in 2016. My thesis concentrated on how literature contributes to heritage places in Cornwall, specifically on how the King Arthur legend and the recently reimagined BBC Poldark series, affects how people understand and interact with heritage in Cornwall. 

Since completing my studies, I have worked in various roles across local government and the education sector in Cornwall; most recently I have worked as curriculum administrator and as a  part-time lecturer for the A Level department at Penwith College (part of the Truro and Penwith College group).

My present role is Volunteering Coordinator for the Institute of Cornish Studies’ new HLF Project: Cornwall’s Maritime Churches / Eglosyow Morek Kernow. My role is to recruit, coordinate, and promote the work of a team of student volunteers investigating the cultural heritage of Cornish maritime churches. This is an exciting new project that aims to bring together students from both the University of Exeter and Falmouth University, as well as the wider local community and youth groups, to create an interactive digital map of important maritime churches across Cornwall with films, oral history interviews, photographs and digitised archives.

In my spare time I can usually be found out walking on the Cornish coast paths with my partner and my dog!