Melanie Backe-Hansen, House Historian & Writer

Melanie Backe-Hansen is an independent historian, writer, and speaker, specialising in the social history of houses across the United Kingdom. Melanie was research consultant for television series, ‘A House Through Time’ for the BBC, and co-authored the book of the same name with David Olusoga. She was series historical consultant for ‘Phil Spencer’s History of Britain in 100 Homes,’ was contributing expert for BBC Radio 4 series, ‘A Home of Our Own’, and was also a consultant for ‘Britain’s Secret Homes’ on ITV.

Melanie has appeared in the media many times, including ‘Phil Spencer’s History of Britain in 100 Homes’ on More 4, and most recently as historian for BBC Radio 4 series, ‘A Home of Our Own’. She has also appeared on a long list of BBC radio programmes, as well as national and online media.

Along with ‘House Histories: The Secrets Behind Your Front Door’ and ‘A House Through Time’ with David Olusoga, Melanie is also the author of ‘Historic Streets and Squares: The Secrets on Your Doorstep’. She has written many articles for the press and regularly contributes to national media. Melanie is also a regular speaker at events and festivals, as well as universities and history groups.