Welcome to the Ealing Branch of the Historical Association

N.B. Programme of Talks for September 2020-May 2021 – see meetings 

Next Meeting

Ealing Branch, Historical Association, Tuesday 9 March 2021 at 7.30 pm. Zoom talk by Prof. David Edgerton, Professor of Modern British History, King’s College London, ‘The Rise and Fall of the British Nation’.

Historical Association members (local and national affiliated to Ealing Branch) will receive an invitation to register by email. Others should request an invitation to register for this free talk by emailing philip.woods@tiscali.co.uk

Covid-19 Update    Due to the ongoing uncertainty about holding live meetings, the committee has decided that further meetings will be held as ZOOM Webinar online events rather than in our usual locations. Many of you will be used to use ZOOM or equivalent online programmes to join meetings (e.g. Ealing U3A) or to talk with friends and family.  The meetings will be free to join and you will be sent an invitation to register for each talk. We are recording the meetings which will be available to those registering for the individual talks, and to those who request access via philip.woods@tiscali.co.uk. The recordings are only available for 30 days after the talk.

A new page, History Updated,  we have started which is designed to provide information about topics and sources to use during the current lockdown.  There is a separate page for the article on ‘Ealing in the 1918-19 Flu pandemic’ by Dr Peter Hounsell  


Our Branch

Ealing Film Studios

Ealing Film Studios

A warm welcome to the local Ealing Branch of the national Historical Association which was founded in 1906 as ‘the voice of History’.

The H.A. believes that an historical awareness is essential for the twenty-first century citizen. It brings together people who share an interest in, and love for the past, and it furthers the study, teaching and enjoyment of history in all forms.  A full version of its aims and activities can be found on its website www.history.org.uk.

The H.A. has some 50 local branches of which Ealing is one. Our local activities include monthly lectures by distinguished and expert lecturers, and outings to exhibitions and places of historical interest in and around London.

Our Aims

Our aim is to promote the study of, and interest in History as a living and relevant part of the past and future of the very diverse population and culture of our area. In our monthly lectures, we aim to present the most up-to-date learning and cover a wide range of topics both local, national and international.  We also aim to cover subjects of both topical and commemorative interest.  We hope thereby to both ‘instruct and entertain’ as wide an audience as possible.

We also have a second-hand History book section. Profits from sales go to the local association to support its activities.  Members of the committee help to organise the sales at the annual Historical Association conference and at the Brentford Festival in September. If you have history books which are in saleable condition and that you would like to donate to us, please contact Liz Wood, woodliz366@gmail.com

Our Meetings (see above for Covid-19 meetings now on Zoom)

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month between September and May, at the Parlour of Ealing Green Church, W5 5QT. However, the October meeting normally takes place at Twyford CofE High School, Twyford Crescent, London W3 9PP


Membership is open to everyone. You can become a member of either the national organisation (which includes local membership) for £61 per year (£40.50 concessions) or just a local member for just £15 a year.  You will then receive regular emails or newsletters about our activities. Non-members are also welcome to attend individual talks for a contribution of £5 (students are free).

We look forward to seeing you at our events.