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

Helena’s  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. She focuses her research on aspects of occupations, buildings, families, towns, villages and localities, and is experienced in both formal and informal writing in order to provide reports and ‘biographies’ of the subject matter to suit the client’s requirements.


Providing packaged and hourly rated research for anyone seeking to discover the history of their family, Helena has over 20 years’ experience researching her own family, and provides a full research report for all work carried out. She has recently explored friends’ ancestry from agricultural labourers in Shropshire and Norfolk, to Lancashire mill workers, East Yorkshire fishing families, and plantation owners in the West Indies.

Heritage Creative Practitioner

Helena works with heritage organisations to research and develop the social and personal aspects of the histories of their properties and the people connected with them. She worked with Lakeland Arts to provide augmented reality portraits of four members of the Holt household at Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria as part of the Blackwell Project.  The project won Cumbria Tourism Awards’ “Culture and Heritage Experience” inaugural award in 2018. She also developed a talk about the families of Blackwell during the Edwardian era.