Previous Local History Talks

On this page are the talks that have been held in 2015 for which the lectures notes are available for. To access talks from other years, click on the relevant link below: 

To access the lecture notes, click on the title of the lecture. All files available for download are in read-only Microsoft Word .doc files. The files contain the final version of the notes - including spelling, grammatical errors, etc - used by the speaker in the lecture, and unless specified the files haven't been altered since the talk were held. When possible further additions to this archive will made.

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2015 Talks


Ealing’s River: The Brent Through TimePainting of River Brent
Thursday 23rd April 2015
Dr Jonathan Oates

To tie in with the City Read literature festival - whose 2015 feature book was ‘Rivers of London’ - Dr Oates looked at the history and impact on life in the borough of the idyllic River Brent. 


Miss Susan Smee - Acton’s Pioneering Female Councillor​
Thursday 14th May 2015
Dr Jonathan Oates

This lecture - another of our talks about local politics - looked at the life on a political pioneer, Miss Susan Smee. In the early decades of the 20th century she led the way for women in local public life achieving roles such as: the first female councillor in Acton, Mayor, Magistrate and Curator at Gunnersbury Park Museum.


The Young Oswald Mosley Painting of Oswald Mosley, aged 29
Thursday 21st May 2015
Dr Jonathan Oates

May 2015 was a month of politics with multiple campaigning gaffes and a surprise election result. In reflection of this show of democracy, a short series of talks about the history of politics in the borough was held. This talk looked at the controversial local MP Oswald Mosley, his life and work in his constituency. 


Painting of a Brenford Solider in uniformEaling and the Napoleonic Wars
Thursday 11th June 2015
Dr Jonathan Oates

2015 marked the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo; the end of the Napoleonic Wars when the British Duke of Wellington and his Prussian allies defeated the French Emperor Napolean. Dr Oates looked at this historic occasion from a new perspective, examining the local impact of the long war with France.


Black People in EalingGroup of men of different enthnicities in Ealing, 1960
Thursday 22nd October 2015
Dr Jonathan Oates

As part of our programme of events occuring in Ealing Libraries for Black History Month, Dr Oates looked at the profile of influential black people connected to Ealing from the 18th century up to the 1970’s.