Talk by Melanie Backe-Hansen: Tracing the history of your house

Date(s) - Monday 13 September 2021
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Duke Street Church

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Melanie Backe-Hansen

Melanie Backe-Hansen  is an historian, writer, and speaker who specialises in researching the history of houses, streets and areas throughout the UK. She has a history degree from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and for almost six years was the first and only historian to be employed by a UK estate agent to research the history of houses and streets. Since 2012 she has been an independent house historian, completing private house history commissions, as well as consulting for corporate projects and property companies.

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.

Melanie is also a regular speaker on the history of houses, and is a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University. She blogs at and is active on Twitter at  @househistorian

Her talk, part of Richmond upon Thames’ Know Your Place heritage festival, will be tailored to our geographical area.