About-1Melanie Backe-Hansen – House Historian

Melanie is an historian, writer, and speaker, who specialises in researching the history of houses, streets, and areas throughout the United Kingdom. For close to six years Melanie was the first and only historian to be employed by a UK estate agent to research the history of houses and streets. Since 2012 Melanie has been an independent house historian, completing private house history commissions, as well as consulting for corporate projects and property companies. For testimonials from a selection of Melanie’s clients visit – testimonials.

Melanie is the author of two books: House Histories: The Secrets Behind Your Front Door (2011) and Historic Streets and Squares: The Secrets on Your Doorstep (2013) and regularly writes for luxury lifestyle magazines and the national press, including The Times and The Evening Standard. Her house histories have appeared across the national media, including The Telegraph and Financial Times, and she is also a frequent contributor of expert comments in the media, including Wall Street Journal , The Daily Mail, and BBC radio.

Melanie is a member of the Royal Historical Society and an honorary teaching fellow at the University of Dundee, tutoring a house history module for The Centre for Archive and Information Studies. She is also a member of The Society of Authors and the Historical Writers’ Association. She is a regular speaker on the history of houses and other subjects related to the history of Britain, including The Ideal Home Show, The Geffrye: Museum of the Home, and is a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University. Melanie is also actively engaged in social media, including Twitter as @househistorian

2011 property blog awards – primelocation.com

Runner-up ‘Best Blog’
Runner up ‘Users Favourite Blog’
2010 property blog awards – primelocation.com
Runner-up ‘Users’ Favourite Blog’
2009 property blog awards – primelocation.com
Winner ‘Best newcomer’

Dundee University – Centre for Archive and Information Studies
Historical Writers’ Association