Historian

PhD Research

Helen is presently a part-time PhD researcher at Northumbria University. Her main interest is in ‘history from below’ focusing on women’s lives in the long eighteenth-century in south-east Scotland, researching the changes actioned by industrialisation upon the social lives and the perceived ownership of the bodies of the women living in the towns of south east Scotland.


HISTORY

CONFERENCES, AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS

Book Reviews

JENNIFER ASTONAND CATHERINE BISHOP, eds., Female Entrepreneurs in the Long Nineteenth Century: A Global Perspective, London, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Reviewed in Family & Community History, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2021, pp. 79–80.


Conference Papers

20th May 2021: A Sacred Covenant? Historic, Legal and Cultural Perspectives on the Development of Marital Law. Paper: An Irregular Marriage: The Subversion of the Scottish Kirk by Isabel Clinckscales.

Awards

20th May 2021: Best Early Career Research Paper at the Conference A Sacred Covenant? Historic, Legal and Cultural Perspectives on the Development ofMarital Law.

Seminar Papers

25th September 2021: Women’s Studies Group 1558- 1837. Paper: ‘Women’s subversion of the Scottish Church Courts 1707-1757.’

Masters Degree

In 2019 Helen graduated from the University of Northumbria with an MA (Distinction) in History. Her dissertation on ‘Scottish Border Town Women and Subversion of Patriarchal Control 1707-1756’ released women’s voices from the Kirk Discipline Books of Scotland. 

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