Who Are We

The Local History Department based in Ealing Central Library is run by two permanent full-time members of staff, Dr Jonathan Oates, and Dr Piotr Stolarski.  You can learn more information about our staff below.


Dr. Jonathan Oates     |      Ealing Borough Archivist & Local History Librarian

Dr Oates has worked in Ealing Libraries for over 15 years as the Ealing Borough Archivist. He has put his doctorate in History to good use, having published many books including: the Jacobian Rebellion, local and family history, local crimes, and serial killers. Some of his books are available to buy in Ealing Library or can be found online via Amazon.

Jonathan also holds many of the local history talks that are held throught out the year and publishes regular articles in the local newspaper and the Ealing Council magazine 'Around Ealing'.

Current list of published books

  • Polish Ealing (2016)
  • The Schools of Ealing (2015)
  • Christian Ealing (2015)
  • Ealing Church History Notes (2014)
  • Ealing in the 1960s (2013)

Dr Piotr Stolarski     |     Local History Assistant            

Dr Stolarski is a relative newcomer, only having joined Ealing Libraries in 2012. He is well qualified for his role with a BA in War Studies and History, and an MA in Early Modern History, from King’s College London. He also completed a PhD in History In 2008, writing a thesis on the Dominican Order in the Polish Counter-Reformation (1596-1648). 

Piotr is also a published writers; he writes many of the monthly local history blog posts published on this site, has written many books (of which are listed below), articles, reviews and he also writes for mutiple blogs.

Current list of published books

  • Polish Ealing (2016)
  • The Schools of Ealing (2015)
  • Christian Ealing (2015)
  • Ealing Church History Notes (2014)
  • Ealing in the 1960s (2013)