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


  • 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. 

Ealing Local History Centre
Ealing Central Library
Ealing Broadway Centre
The Broadway
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

Hanwell & Southall Through the AgesPhoto of Southall Station a long time ago

Tuesday 23 May,  6:15 - 7:15pm
Ealing Central Library
£3 members / £5 non-members
Speaker: Paul Lang

Paul Lang’s recent book of the same title reveals hitherto unknown and little known pictures of these places
and how they have changed over time.

Photo of Maxwell Knight

Maxwell Knight: M15's Greatest Spymaster

Tuesday 13 June,  6:15 - 7:15pm
Ealing Central Library
£3 members / £5 non-members
Speaker: Henry Hemming

Henry Hemming’s recently published book tells the story of the remarkable men and the exploits of his agents in the 1930’s - 1940’s . One of his female agents had Ealing connections and she helped break a Soviet spy ring in the 1930’s.

Postcard of historical Gypsy encampment 1869Gypsy Travellers in Ealing

Thursday 15 June,  5:30 - 6:30pm
Ealing Central Library
Speaker: Dr Jonathan Oates

The talk covers Ealing's gypsy history from the nineteenth century to present day, showing the origins of gypsy activity locally, the difficulies and opposition they faced and their search for a permanent site in the borough.

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.