Helena Sanderson is an oral historian, historical researcher and heritage creative practitioner based in north west England.
In 2019 she completed a Masters degree in Local History with the Open University, following on from gaining her Postgraduate Diploma in History with Distinction in 2018. Her dissertation explored changes to small-scale farming in Haslingden, Lancashire brought about by the Industrial Revolution, focusing on the lives of the Woods farming family from 1837 to 1888. In 2015 she gained a first-class honours degree in Humanities with Creative Writing and Art History, again from the Open University.
From October 2018 Helena has administered the Fell Foot Park Oral History Project as part of a two-year project focusing on the recent social history of the property as a caravan, camping and chalet site from the 1940s to the 1990s. The project will culminate in an exhibition and visitor interpretation in October 2020.
During 2017 she worked via tender with the programming team at Lakeland Arts developing scripts and voice recordings for four augmented realities as part of the Blackwell Project at Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere. Her research centred on the Holt family and their interaction with Blackwell as a holiday home.
In May 2017 she was awarded postgraduate funding from the Open University’s Crowther Fund to fund a year long study project about aspects of the Industrial Revolution in the Scottish Borders. In addition to her research, she participated in letterpress 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.
Helena is a member of the Oral History Society, British Association for Local History, Economic History Society, British Agricultural History Society, Ambleside Oral History Group and a Friend of the Regional History Centre at Lancaster University.