History Updated

This section of the website is intended to offer opportunities for members and supporters to add contributions which may be of general interest at this time. We welcome short articles, recommendations, comments, book reviews etc. Please send contributions to: philipgwoods@outlook.com

Ealing Branch Members’ Publications

1. Dr Peter Hounsell has published ‘Bricks of Victorian London: A Social and Economic History’ (University of Hertfordshire Press: 2022)

Bricks of Victorian London: A social and economic history (Studies in Regional and Local History Book 22)







 2. Dr Philip Woods has published ‘Managing the Media in the India-Burma War: Challenging a ‘Forgotten War’ (Bloomsbury Academic 2023)

Managing the Media in the India-Burma War, 1941-1945: Challenging a ‘Forgotten War’

3. Dr Peter Hounsell has put an interesting talk through Ealing Library on YouTube entitled  Gilbert White, the Natural History of Selborne and Perivale Wood – Peter Hounsell – YouTube

4.  ‘Ealing in the 1918-19 Flu pandemic’  by Dr Peter Hounsell. Chair of Ealing Branch HA on this website  https://ealinghistory.org.uk/ealing-in-the-pandemic-1918-19/

5. Dr Peter Hounsell has written an article for the current edition of The Historian magazine (issue 150: Summer 2021) on ‘The “workless workers” and the Waterbury watch: W.T. Stead. W.A. Dunkerley and the Census of the Unemployed 1887’

6. Philip Woods gave a talk  on his book Reporting the Retreat: War Correspondents in Burma, 1942 (Hurst) on the WW2TV.COM YouTube channel which is available to view free of charge (but donations help keep the site running) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upmI-6vh2dU

7. Philip Woods article on ‘Evelyn Waugh’s books on the italo-Ethiopian War, 1935-36, in The Historian, Issue 156, Winter 2022/23: Historian 156 – Italo-Ethiopian War – Philip Woods (003)




Don’t forget the HA’s programme of talks and podcasts,  some of which are open to non-members: https://www.history.org.uk/historian/categories/14/news/3818/your-ha-virtual-branch-new-lecture-programme

Podcast Series: Confronting Controversial History / Historical Association

3.  National Archives, Kew

Has a programme of talks, recorded past talks and meet the author sessions:

The National Archives


4. The Gresham Lectures are  live-streamed  as well as  live sessions,  and will require  registration: www.gresham.ac.uk

The lecturers include  Gus Casely-Hayford,  Richard Drayton, Tristram Hunt, Stephen Alford & Sir Richard Dearlove, Hakim Adi, Helen Paul and Murray Pittock

5. Recommendation – FutureLearnonline courses for free.  2020 continuing

Some of you may already know of this website or be participating in its courses. I decided to try out their ‘Empire: The Controversies of British Imperialism’ course, and I am now at week 4 of 6. I was originally interested to see how the University of Exeter taught an online history course, and I am very impressed. Courses are generally about 6 weeks long and take about 2 or 3 hours a week to participate in. You can follow at you own pace and needn’t feel awkward if you ask for help from fellow students if there is something you would like explained. The courses use short videos and online discussion sessions. Perhaps the most interesting thing for me was to read these discussion sessions as views were very varied but always polite. There are lots of history courses to choose from and they are free, although you can upgrade if you wish to collect certificates and keep copies of the courses. Ideal in lockdown.

Philip Woods

5. Recommendation: HISTORY HIT.TV      https://tv.historyhit.com/

Another recommendation if you are missing live history events.  Dan Snow hosts this website and podcast.  and  advertises it  thus: ‘History Hit TV – the Netflix of history. Join us as we strive towards creating the best source of history content on the web. Enjoy 30 days free when you signup (£5.99 a month thereafter)’

I have found the videos very good and the podcasts excellent. Dan Snow is a really good interviewer.


These are some really unusual history talks hosted by the founder of the Digital Museum Jibunnessa Abdullah <jibunnessa@digitalmuseum.org.uk>twitter: @Jibunnessa | @_DigitalMuseum


7. Aspects of History: bi-monthly online magazine

I recommend this online magazine strongly. It can be purchased as single editions or as an annual subscription for £9.99. Each edition is packed full of excellent history writing, reviews and insights into the writing of history

Issues are free with Kingdle Unlimited membership


8. Royal Historical Society

Holds events iteself and advertises other History talks:

Events | RHS (royalhistsoc.org)

Philip Woods

9. London Luminaries

Each 20-minute talk will be delivered using Zoom and will begin at 7 p.m. They will be chaired by Professor Judith Hawley of the Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London. Time will be allowed for questions and answers at the end. The events will end at or before 8 pm. Attendees will be sent a Zoom link by email about an hour before each talk begins.

Tickets are free but we encourage you to make a £5 donation for each talk, if you are able, which will be divided equally between the twelve participating organisations.  You can book your place at TicketSource. You can book a bulk ticket for each set of six talks.

These events are supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


10. 10-Minute Talks podcast | The British Academy

What a great idea- to ask academicians to limit their talsk to 10 minutes- it’s amazing what these podcasts manage to get across in the limited time! some examples

Prof Peter Mandler, ‘T he crisis of the meritocracy – why Britain has needed more and more education’  [ a quick summary of the arguments of his book- this is actually a video]

‘The making of Oliver Cromwell’ , Prof. Ronald Hutton

Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) is, in terms of sheer achievement, the greatest English commoner of all time and yet remains a deeply controversial figure. He represented himself, apparently compellingly, as an honest, pious, modest, and selfless servant of God and his nation, and yet most of his contemporaries found him ruthless, devious, and self-promoting. In this talk, Ronald Hutton sums up the findings of his latest book, The Making of Oliver Cromwell, which examines his actions and words in full context up until the end of the English Civil War in 1651, and proposes an answer to this apparent paradox.


‘Crèvecœur: What is an American?’,  Prof Judith Still

J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur (1735-1813) was a farmer as well as a complex thinker of the contradictions of American identity as described in his famous Letters from an American Farmer and, more strikingly, in his French texts which develop his description and analysis of the New World and its peoples. Many readers of his English work have focused on his wishful story of the land of the free, a hospitable refuge to the dispossessed of Europe, a glorious melting pot where the American is born: a man who works hard, who can provide for his family, and be treated with respect whatever his origins and whatever his religious beliefs. Yet, as Judith Still discusses in this talk, Crèvecœur reveals in his French work the original sins of British colonization and of the new United States, sins which still haunt us today: genocide of indigenous peoples, enslavement of Africans and environmental devastation.