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

Historical Research

Our main research interests are the changes to rural England during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the proto-industries and industries that developed either as a result of change or that heralded change. We focus our research on any aspect of occupations, buildings, families, towns, villages and localities, and are experienced in both formal and informal writing in order to provide reports and ‘biographies’ of the subject matter to suit the client’s requirements.


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.


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, East Yorkshire fishing fmilies, and plantation owners in the West Indies.

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 Helena is currently writing a book about the families connected with Blackwell.