Formed in 2003, House Historians are based in Preston, home to Lancashire Archives where thousands of fascinating documents are stored. We use our expertise built up by years of painstaking research to ensure that every possible avenue is explored. When required we cast the net to neighbouring offices to unearth that special piece of evidence that will bring to life the secret past of your house. Because of complex changes in county boundaries, a treasure trove of old documents now lingers in record offices miles from the property itself. Trips to London are also called for when relevant documents are unearthed at The National Archives at Kew. No stone is left unturned!
'After gaining a social science degree and post graduate library qualification most of my working life has been spent in academic and local authority libraries. I had some wonderful years dealing with printed materials in special collections and archives: it’s particularly pleasing to organize dusty and neglected treasures and to make them accessible to researchers. Latterly I've also worked in museums in the North West and in County Kerry in Ireland.'
'The house history fascination began when I moved into a nineteenth century house in Fulwood over thirty years ago. This conservation area of Preston captured my imagination and I set about researching its history. This hobby became a job and two local history books followed: Step Back in Time published in 1986 and revised in 2009, and Historic Fulwood and Cadley written with Margaret Burscough in 1998. I was also proud to be employed as a consultant on the BBC series The House Detectives in 1997.'