Helena Sanderson: Adventures in History is owned by Helena Sanderson. We carry out historical research mainly in north west England and combine this with creative fiction and non-fiction writing to provide a comprehensive heritage-focused service to clients.


We provide packaged and hourly rated research for anyone seeking to discover the history of their family. We have over 20 years’ experience in this field and travel throughout England for our clients, providing a full research report for all work carried out. In 2018, we have explored a variety of families from agricultural labourers in Shropshire and Norfolk, to Lancashire mill workers, and plantation owners in the West Indies.


We work with heritage organisations to research and develop the social and personal aspects of the histories of their properties and the people connected with them. We worked with Lakeland Arts in 2017 to provide augmented reality portraits of four members of the Holt household at Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria. We have also recently developed a talk about the families of Blackwell during the Edwardian era.

Creative Practitioning

Combining historical research with creative writing, we have written scripts for Blackwell’s augmented reality project, published historical poetry in a number of anthologies, and are currently writing a book about the families connected with Blackwell.