Helena Sanderson is an historical researcher and genealogist based in north west England.
In 2015 she gained a first-class honours degree in Humanities with Creative Writing and Art History from the Open University, and graduated at Ely Cathedral in June 2016. She is currently undertaking a part time Master’s degree in English Local History, again with the Open University, and in 2018 gained her Postgraduate Diploma in History with Distinction. Her dissertation explores changes to small-scale farming in the Rossendale Valley brought about by the Industrial Revolution, particularly the lives of the Woods farming family during the long nineteenth century.
Helena undertakes many aspects of historical research, including genealogical, which she has been involved in for over twenty years. Helena now offers clients research tailored to their requirements, whether that be discovering more about their family history, or any other type of historical research that the client desires.
In May 2017 she undertook a year long study project about aspects of the Industrial Revolution in the Scottish Borders where, in addition to her research, she participated in letterpress and bookbinding workshops at Robert Smail’s Printworks in Innerleithen. This culminated in a piece of her letterpress artwork being accepted for display at the Remembrance 100 exhibition in Carlisle during the summer of 2018.
In July 2017 she developed a talk at Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere. Her research centred on the Holt family and their household. The Holt’s interaction with Blackwell as a holiday home and the reasons they visited less frequently after the Great War form the basis of the talk which takes place on Friday afternoons.