Melanie Backe-Hansen is an historian, writer, and speaker. She has over 10 years experience in researching the history of houses, streets, and areas throughout the United Kingdom. She was the first and only historian to be employed by a UK estate agent to research the history of houses and streets and since 2012 Melanie 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 and Historic Streets and Squares: The Secrets on Your Doorstep and regularly writes for luxury lifestyle magazines and the national press, including The Times and The Evening Standard. She regularly contributes to the media, including BBC Radio, ITN, The Sun, and Wall Street Journal, and has been an historical consultant on a number of television programmes.
Her house histories have also appeared across the national media, including The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, and Financial Times. Melanie has uncovered the histories of a wide range of homes, from Georgian town houses in London through to farm houses in the Cotswolds, manor houses in Lincolnshire, and cottages in Devon. Melanie has also profiled the former homes of P.G. Wodehouse, H.G. Wells and Benjamin Disraeli, as well as discovered homes with links to Queen Elizabeth I, Winston Churchill, and Jane Austen.