Ealing Library & Other History Talks

LogoWhitting Lecture in History 2018

We invite you to join us for an evening with the former Bishop of London, the Rt Hon and Rt Rev Lord Richard Chartres. Lord Chartres became Bishop of London in 1995 and during his time he confirmed Prince William, gave the sermon at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding, and led the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.
The former Bishop of London will speak about Samuel Pepys: from Presbyterian schoolboy at St Paul’s to his death as a Non-Juror.
Event Details 
Date: 6 March 2018 

Time: 6.30pm 

Venue: Samuel Pepys Theatre, St Paul’s School, Lonsdale Rd, Barnes, London SW13 9JT

Ticket cost: £7.50 (includes pre-lecture drinks)

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
10.50 COFFEE
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
1.00 LUNCH
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Historical documents on our theme, read by the organising committee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
3.20 TEA
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.

Tickets £15.00
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

    1. Ealing Local History Centre, based at Ealing Central Library: website


The History of Ealing Broadway Map 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.

Founded in 1597, Gresham College is London’s oldest Higher Education Institution. Our Gresham Professors and other visiting speakers offer over 100 free public events every year.


4. Ealing U3A