Bethan Coupland

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University of Exeter

PhD in History

'Heritage and Memory': Oral History and Mining Heritage in Wales and Cornwall

Completed and graduated in 2013


University of Nottingham

MA History (Research)

Maters Dissertation: ‘The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament 1979-1985; Ideology, Politics and Moral Protest’


University of Exeter

BA (Hons) History 

Thesis title: Undergraduate Dissertation: ‘The 1979 Welsh Devolution Campaign: Identity, Nationalism and Politics’


Professional/research experience

January 2012 - April 2012:

Brown University

Visiting Scholar at the John Nicholas Brown Centre for Public Humanities   

ESRC funded visiting scholarship to undertake research and training in Public Humanities.

September 2010 - July 2011:

University of Exeter

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, levels 1 and 2.

September 2010 - July 2013:

University of Exeter

Book reviews editor and editorial board member for University of Exeter's History journal ExHistoria. See



May 2010 - May 2010:

British Library

British Library Oral History skills training workshop.

2009 - 2013:

Conference papers

April 2012 Research Seminar (Centre for Public Humanities, Brown University, USA)

‘A problem for public historians? Mining heritage and living memory in Wales and Cornwall’


July 2011 Oral History Society Conference (University of Sunderland)       

‘Voices from a 'regenerated' community: Oral History and mining heritage at Big Pit’


April 2011 On the Surface: The Heritage of Mines and Mining (University of Innsbruck)                                            

‘From history to heritage: the transition to mining heritage in Wales and Cornwall’


November 2010 Cornish Ethnicity: A Symposium (University of Exeter)                                                               

A symposium on Cornish ethnicity held by the Institute of Cornish Studies


May 2010 Humanities Postgraduate Conference (University of Exeter)                                          

‘Bogus history or Public History? Bridging the gap between historians and heritage’


March 2010 Tremough Postgraduate Colloquium (University of Exeter)                                                                 

‘From history to heritage: theory, questions and methods’

2009 - 2013:

Research funding and awards

2012  Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Award for ‘Overseas Institutional Visit’ to Brown University


2009-2012 University of Exeter

ESRC full PhD scholarship


2010 Cornwall Heritage Trust

Bursary for excellence in Cornish research


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


Higher Education Academy

Associate of the Higher Education Academy (AHEA)

Certified university teacher.


Oral History Society (UK)