Researching throughout the historic counties of Westmorland, Cumberland and Lancashire Helena Sanderson MA is an experienced genealogist, oral historian, local history researcher and heritage creative practitioner. She carries out her main research in north west England, and is happy to travel across the UK for further research or to interview oral history participants.

With over twenty-five years’ experience of family tree research, Helena is expertly placed to carry out investigations into your family’s history. Her Masters degree in History had a dissertation emphasis on small-scale research and the microhistories of ordinary people and families during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Oral Historian

Helena’s current contracts include facilitating the National Trust’s Fell Foot Park Oral History Project, based on the shores of Windermere. She is experienced in interviewing, archiving, permissions, editing, working with volunteers, liaising with internal and external stakeholders, project planning and oral history software use.

Local History Researcher

Helena is experienced in county and local archive research, census and parish records, newspapers, wills and personal archives. Her projects have included an investigation into changes to farming during the nineteenth century in Haslingden, Lancashire, and an exploration of the effects of the Industrial Revolution in Innerleithen, Scottish Borders.

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 an Edwardian family and household in addition to developing a talk about the family.

Whitaker's Mill, Helmshore
Grand Junction Canal, near Bulbourne
Blackwell, Bowness-on-Windermere
Robert Smail's Printing Works, Innerleithen
Batty Moss Viaduct, Ribblehead
Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton
Independent Graveyard, Haslingden
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