Helen Rutherford

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

My research is in the field of Legal History. I research and write on, predominantly, nineteeenth century lives, trials, and punishments- with a focus on the North East of England. My specific research interest is in coroners and inquests; legal personnel and trials,in the nineteenth century. I am interested in legal biography, the use of digital newspapers for research, and microhistorical inquiry.

I am in the final stages of part time PhD research, at Newcastle University, into the life and work of the Victorian Coroner for Newcastle upon Tyne (titled: The Coroner in an Emerging Industrial Society: John Thedore Hoyle and Newcastle upon Tyne 1857-1885). 



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PGCHE, Northumbria University

    2015 -
  • MA, History, Newcastle University

    2005 -
  • DipHE, Law, Northumbria University

    2000 -
  • College of Law

    Law Society Finals

    1990 -
  • LLB (Hons), Newcastle University

    1989 -

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA),

  • Law Society- Member,

  • Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS),

  • Society for Education and Training- Member,

  • Solicitor (Non-Practising), Roll of Solicitors