Rebecca was born and grew up in London where she now lives and works. She lived in Papua New Guinea for a year in 1982 and then went to Cambridge University. 

She studied for her PhD at the Royal College of Art.

Residencies:  
Present Artist in Residence at the British Museum
2014 Visiting Artist in Residence at the American Museum of Natural History,
New York
2009-2010 Visiting Research Fellow, London Metropolitan University
2006-2007 AA2A (Artists Access to Art Schools) residency at Sir John Cass School of Art, London Metropolitan University October 2006-September 2007 (see AA2A website )
2006 The Florence Trust
2005-2006 Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the British Museum
Qualifications:  
1998-2004 PhD Royal College of Art, Natural History Illustration, department of Communication , Art and Design.
1997-1998 BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design – London Guildhall University
1989 MA Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
1982-1985 BA Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge