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.
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.
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 in 2017 to provide augmented reality portraits of four members of the Holt household at Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria. She has also developed a talk about the families of Blackwell during the Edwardian era.
Providing packaged and hourly rated research for anyone seeking to discover the history of their family, Helena has over 20 years’ experience in this field and travels throughout England for her clients, providing a full research report for all work carried out. In 2018, she has explored a variety of families from agricultural labourers in Shropshire and Norfolk, to Lancashire mill workers, East Yorkshire fishing families, and plantation owners in the West Indies.
Combining historical research with creative writing, Helena has written scripts for Blackwell’s augmented reality project, published historical poetry in a number of anthologies, and is currently writing a book about the families connected with Blackwell.