About Us

The museum and its collections have been developed over many years by dedicated people, with the support of many funding bodies. The museum stands as a testament to our soldiers, their families and communities. Looking to the future, our vision is to take the museum onto even greater things and make it a great place for telling stories and learning about our heritage.


Working in Partnership

Working collaboratively in partnership with others is key to our future success. In particular, we are proud to be a member of Cornwall Museums Partnership National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) consortium, funded by Arts Council England. This partnership reflects the quality of our work and its role in delivering Arts Council England’s goals as set out in their Let’s Create framework. The funding this brings has been transformative for us in the past 4 years, enabling us to develop a rich programme of activities for diverse new audiences.

Freda And Linda collecting the Cornwall Heritage Award we won for Heritage Hero.

Volunteers Linda and Freda proudly displaying our Cornwall Heritage Awards in 2019.

We’re grateful to our funders who enable us to do great projects with the community.

Storytelling workshop by Paddleboat Theatre at Cornwall's Regimental Museum

We’re a fun museum for all ages where you can learn about Cornish and World History and the people that made it happen. 

Educate, Entertain and Inspire

Our aim is to educate, entertain and inspire a broad range of people of all ages. We want to develop the museum so that it is recognised as a leader in Cornwall and in the nation’s military heritage. We also aim to make a real contribution to the wellbeing and economy of our local community and county, and to our military family.

Read our Learning and Participation Policy 2020.

If you’d like to find out more about our work, we have produced an illustrated report for 2018/19 Annual Review Booklet 2018:19 Final

Each year we welcome more schools to the museum. We offer a variety of workshops and experiences for schools with cross curricular links.

Read more about our education programme here. 

Realising our Vision

To realise our vision we need to secure the future finances of the museum and make it sustainable in the long-term. To do this, we are focusing on making the museum more accessible, appealing and relevant to a wide range of visitors, and on gathering the support of those connected to the Regiments. With the support of funders such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England we are working behind the scenes to strengthen our organisation and put in place strong foundations for the future.

To read more about how you can support us in our aims please visit the support us pages of the website.

The museum relies on many people; our trustees, volunteers and staff

The current Trustees of the museum are:

Charles Edward-Collins (Chairman)

Gage Williams

Edward Bolitho

Richard Trant

Sarah Fitzgerald

Peter Champness

Bill Sharp

Robert Jobson

Some of Our Staff & Volunteers

A member of staff

Rhonda Seymour


I started as a volunteer at the Museum back in 1989. I worked with Hugo White, who was Curator at the time, documenting 100s of photographs that had lain in the attic for years. This project, in part, gave me the confidence to apply to University as a mature student and study for a History Degree.  Later, whilst working as a Civil Servant, I transferred back to the Museum building in 2007, in the role of Admin Officer.

Email: aobodmin@the-rifles.co.uk

Verity Anthony

Assistant Director (Collections and Operations)

I’ve been at the museum since December 2016, and am responsible for the visitor aspects of the museum as well as the Museum’s collections. This means I get to see the wide scope of the museum and its possibilities. Whether it’s stocking the shop, meeting visitors, working with our collections, or working on projects with the community, every day is different.

Email: collections@bodminkeep.org

Helen Bishop-Stephens

Helen Bishop-Stephens


Helen Bishop-Stephens joins the team at Bodmin Keep as the new Director. Helen will steer the museum through the next exciting chapter of the Keep!

I’m delighted to take up the post as Director of Cornwall’s Army Museum at Bodmin Keep. I’m from Cornwall and have found a family connection to the Keep in that my grandad and his brother both trained at the barracks.

Deborah Vosper, Research Team member at Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Deborah Vosper

Research Volunteer / Duty Manager

I started volunteering at the Museum a few years ago after being made redundant. My love of family research led me to helping Hugo White with the constant stream of enquiries, which I find so rewarding, although, like all research, we occasionally draw a blank. I am also a bit of a multi-tasker, assisting in other ways around this wonderful building (including helping to eat the biscuits and cakes). We have a great team of friendly volunteers here from all walks of life, who make the place tick.

Email: research@bodminkeep.org

Jo Keenan

Learning and Participation Manager

I started at the Museum in July 2019 and have worked as a primary teacher and as a museums and gallery educator for over 17 years.  My job is to develop and deliver the museum’s formal and informal learning programmes and increase community engagement by organising great events and activities for visitors of all ages. 

Email: jo.keenan@bodminkeep.org

Amy Sykes

Audience Development Manager

I’m here to make sure everyone knows about all the brilliant stuff we have in the museum collections and all the fun activities and events we have going on here at The Keep.  I promote the wonderful ‘hands on history’ educational programme we have to inspire and engage our school children with and generally raise the profile of the museum in this digital age, utilising all digital media to increase engagement and reach out to new, diverse audiences in our local community and beyond!

Outside work I can be found running around after my 3 children, scooting off for adventures in our purple camper van, swimming in the sea or walking my 2 crazy dogs along the beautiful South West Coast Path.

Email: amy@bodminkeep.org

Desk Volunteer Linda Farnham - Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Linda Farnham

Visitor Services Volunteer

I started volunteering in August 2016 the same month I left a stressful job and moved to Bodmin from East Devon. I love History, studying it both at college and university. I am generally a gregarious person and this role at the reception desk/shop allowed me to meet & greet visitors, chat about the museum or anything else & at the same time give me a sense of ‘belonging’. The team of staff and volunteers are so friendly, supportive and knowledgeable. I have found volunteering so fulfilling. The museum is evolving and it is great to be part of this evolution. If you have a few hours to spare, volunteer and you will learn a lot, make new friends and be part of something worthwhile.

Fran Singleton Trainee Curator 2022

Fran Singleton

Trainee Curator

Fran joins us at Bodmin Keep for a year as part of the latest cohort of Trainee Curators across Cornwall working at museums within the Cornwall Museums Partnership scheme.

Fran enjoys playing the Tuba and has a Masters in Art History and although she’s only been with us at the Keep for a couple of weeks, she has already generated a strong Tik-Tok following for us… Go check out her fun behind the scenes videos on our NEW Tik-Tok account!

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