helena wojtczak HELENA WOJTCZAK (pronounced 'VOYT-CHAK') is an award-winning author, publisher and occasional tutor with the University of Sussex.

She was born in Sussex in 1958 and grew up in London, where she spent 22 years before moving to Kent for five years, completing her residential circle by returning to her native county in 1992.

She has a BSc Honours degree in the Social Science and Social History.

She has written four books on women's history; wrote and designed the websites Women of Hastings and St Leonards and Railwaywomen 1900-2000 and the Women's Suffrage Movement.

Helena gives talks and lectures on women's history.

She has written for the Oxford University Press, the Hastings Press, the TSSA, the RMT, My Weekly, Hunter House Publishing, the Hastings & St Leonards Observer, The Warrior Magazine, P3 Publishing (Steam Railways), The Victorian Web, Encyclopaedia Titanica and Writers' Forum. She is currently writing Notable Sussex Women.

Helena owns the the Hastings Press . She won the David St John Thomas Trust Award for Best Non Fiction and the Self-Publisher of the Year Award 2007. She runs occasional self publishing seminars and advises and helps self publishing authors by private consultation.


At the age of 19 she became the first woman employed as a guard by British Rail. In connection with this, Helena has written about her experiences of being a woman recruited and trained in a male industry.

Working on the railways led her to research and write the book Railwaywomen. Since being launched at the House of Commons, at the TUC Conference 2005 and at the National Railway Museum. the book has received considerable acclaim.

Now Britain's foremost authority on the history of women railway workers, she has been consultant historian to the National Railway Museum and a contributor to The Oxford Companion to British Railway History.

the Helena coach




The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway
has a coach named "Helena".