Ealing Library & Other History Talks

Flash:   Ealing Civic Society talk-  Thursday 8 July 2021 7.30pm

A history of the Great West Road, an illustrated talk by James Marshall, formerly Local Studies Librarian for Hounslow Borough Library Service and author of The History of the Great West Road: its social and economic influence on the surrounding area.

The Zoom link for the lecture is: https://zoom.us/j/97743652016?pwd=bWFKMmVicHZ0bkVYb3B4N0t2VUVhdz09

  1. Ealing  Library: Local History


    2. National Archives -Kew

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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



5.  Gunnersbury Museum

Talks & Tours | Gunnersbury (visitgunnersbury.org)

Dr Peter Hounsell, ‘A once-in-a-century event: Ealing in the 1918-19 influenza pandemic’, 22 April 2021, 7 – 8.15pm, online talk, £10


During the last year we have had to become accustomed to living through a pandemic.

Our forebears a century ago, along with the rest of the world, endured an influenza epidemic of unprecedented proportions. 

This has been called the greatest demographic event of the twentieth century, sweeping across the world as the First World War was coming to an end, and dwarfing in its impact the two world wars.

Scientists and policy makers at the time did not have access to the knowledge and skills we have today, but nevertheless had to devise strategies to combat the spread of the disease and the treatment of those taken ill. In this talk Peter Hounsell explores the year of the Spanish Flu (1918-1919), and the response to it in the United Kingdom, in London and in Ealing and the surrounding districts.