The 38th West London Local History Conference takes place on Saturday 24th March at University of West London, Boston Manor Road TW8 9GB.
This year’s speakers share the results of their research to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. They will describe how the War affected individuals, communities, organisations, businesses and the local landscape.
9.30 Doors open for viewing of sponsoring societies’ book stalls
10.00 Welcome by Val Bott, chairman of the organising committee
10.05 The conference theme introduced by Neil Robson, Editor, Wandsworth Historian
10.15 When the War Began: responses in Acton, Brentford, Chiswick and Hounslow
John Grigg, labour historian, using his research in local newspapers
11.25 The cost in lives of the men of ‘The Alberts’, a small community in Richmond
Valerie Boyes, local historian & former lecturer in History Education
12.00 World War I’s Legacy in Fulham & Hammersmith
Keith Whitehouse, Chairman, Fulham & Hammersmith Historical Society
12.30 Injured bodies, broken hearts, damaged businesses
Personal stories revealing the impact of war, read by the organising committee
Afternoon session chaired by Neil Robson
2.00 Women workers, tribunals, memorials
Historical documents on our theme, read by the organising committee
2.45 Feltham: how war transformed a village into an industrial suburb
James Marshall, Hounslow’s Local Studies Librarian
3.55 Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton: the pioneering treatment of war injuries
Tom Stanier introduces a showing of his centenary film
4.25 Summary of the day’s proceedings
4.30 Conference ends
The university’s Brentford Campus lies at the NW corner of the Boston Manor
Road/A4 junction, 10 minutes’ walk from Boston Manor Station (Piccadilly
Line) and Brentford Station (SWR), with free parking on site. It lies beside the
M4 below the flyover. The building is entirely wheelchair accessible.
Your ticket includes morning coffee and afternoon tea. However the refectory
will open specially for us, offering coffee on arrival and sandwiches for lunch.
You are also welcome to bring a packed lunch if you prefer.
available only in advance from sponsoring societies or by post from J McNamara,, 31B Brook Rd South,, Brentford TW8 ONN
Please send cheque to ”West London Local History Conference” & SAE
Conference sponsored by the local history societies for Acton, Barnes & Mortlake, Brentford & Chiswick, Fulham & Hammersmith, Hounslow, Little Ealing, Richmond, Twickenham, Wandsworth and the West Middlesex Family History Society
Ealing Local History Centre, based at Ealing Central Library: website
The History of Ealing Broadway
Tuesday 23 January, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Ealing Central Library
£3 members / £5 non-members
Speaker: Dr Jonathan Oates
Ealing Broadway is the centre of the borough of Ealing in terms of political and administrative authority, transport networks and shopping.
Yet it was not always so and in the early nineteenth century the centre of local life was further to the south along St. Mary’s Road. This talk examines how the Broadway became so central to local life and how it has tried to maintain that centrality in more recent years.
2. National Archives -Kew
For their free monthly talks see:
3. Gresham College Free Public Lectures
Gresham College has provided free public talks within the City of London for over 400 years.