Local History Centre

Picture of the original coat of arms for Ealing BoroughBased in Ealing Central Library, the Local History Centre is the archive of the London Borough of Ealing.

Our focus is on making Ealing’s past more readily available and understandable to people in the present.

We assist researchers of all kinds and hold over 45,000 archival items and 20,000 photographs, plus many books and microfilms to help you learn about the rich and forgotten history of the borough. 

On this page below you can find our opening hours and contact details

Links to the other main sections of the local history website and more information about the services we offer can be found in the list below.


Opening Hours

Our current opening hours are listed in the table below.

Monday   9:00am - 1:00pm & 2:00 - 5:00pm*
Tuesday   9:00am - 6:00pm    
Wednesday   9:00am - 1:00pm & 2:00 - 5:00pm**
Thursday   9:00am - 7:00pm    
Friday   9:00am - 5:00pm    
Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm & 2:00 - 5:00pm**

 *Local History is closed during breaks between 10:30 – 11:00am and 3:30 – 4:00pm
**Local History is closed during breaks between 11:00 – 11:30am and 3:30 – 4:00pm

N.B.

  • Please ring in advance to ensure there are no temporary closures and that any required material is available.
  • Appointments are preferred.
  • Use of archives held offsite and the microfilm reader must be booked well in advanced.
  • Reproduction usually permitted, depending on copyright and condition of materials.
     

Contact Details

Details to contact the Local History Centre directly are below. 

Address:
Ealing Local History Centre
Ealing Central Library
Ealing Broadway Centre
The Broadway
Ealing
W5 5JY

T: 0203 700 1055

E: ealing.localhistory@carillionservices.co.uk
 


Local History Events

The Local History Library holds many local history talks throughout the year on various topics of local interest ranging from ‘Ealing and the Napoleonic Wars’ to ‘Agatha Christie and Ealing’.

Below are listings and details for our upcoming talks plus links to lecture notes for previous talks.

Upcoming Talks


RevolutionPhoto of a British political rally

Tuesday 7 November,  6:15 - 7:15pm
Ealing Central Library
£3 members / £5 non-members
Speaker: Dr Jonathan Oates

The 1917 upheavals in Russia were a global phenomenon both in 1917 and afterwards. This talk looks at local reactions to events in Russia and the support locally for Communism. 

 


The Many Lives of William Arthur DunkerleyPhoto of  WILLIAM  ARTHUR DUNKERLEY

Tuesday 21 November,  6:15 - 7:15pm
Ealing Central Library
£3 members / £5 non-members
Speaker: Dr Peter Hounsell

Dunkerley,  who  lived  for  forty  years  in  Ealing,  had  a  long  and  varied  career  as  a  businessman,  newspaper  &  magazine  proprietor,  novelist,  poet  and  hymn  writer.

 


Sir Michael Balcon & Ealing StudiosPhoto of Sir Michael Balcon

Tuesday 28 November,  6:15 - 7:15pm
Ealing Central Library
£3 members / £5 non-members
Speaker: Dr Jonathan Oates

Sir Malcolm Balcon was head of production at Ealing Studios when it was at its peak from 1938- 1955, producing morale boosting war fi lms and the Ealing comedies.

This day marks the 40th anniversary of his death and this talk discusses his role and importance as a fi lm producer. 

 


Previous Talks

If you have missed out on a talk the lecture notes may be available online. Click on one the years below and see listings of previous talks with attached lecture notes.