Past Programmes

Programme for 2022-2023


  • Tuesday September 27th: An illustrated talk on Bushy Park, by David Ivison (Friends of Bushy Park). Held at Hounslow United Reformed Church Hall.
  • Tuesday October 25th: Hounslow’s mediaeval moated house sites; an illustrated talk by James Marshall. On-line via ZOOM.
  • Monday November 21st. Syon Abbey, by Archaeologist, Bob Cowie. 
  • Tuesday November 29th: The Army’s Camp on Hounslow Heath by Ed Harris of the Borough of Twickenham Local History Society. This meeting will only be accessible on-line via ZOOM.


  • Tuesday 31st January: A History of Syon House and Gardens by Howard Simmons. This meeting will only be accessible on-line via ZOOM.
  • Tuesday 28th February: A History of Isleworth in 20 Objects; by Christine Diwell. This meeting will only be accessible on-line via ZOOM.
  • Tuesday 28th March: St. Dunstan with Holy Angels Church, Cranford; by Brian Grumbridge. This meeting will only be accessible on-line via ZOOM.
  • Tuesday 25th April: General Aircraft Limited – a Feltham factory in war and peace, 1934 – 1949; an illustrated talk by James Marshall. This is an in-person meeting, to be held at Hounslow United Reformed Church Hall.

Programme for 2021-2022

  • Tuesday 28th September 2021: West House and the Heath Robinson Museum; by Cynthia Wells, Chairman of the Heath Robinson Museum Trust.
  • Tuesday 26th October: The Customs and Traditions of the City of London; by Mark Lewis, part-time Lecturer at Goldsmiths’ Centre.
  • Tuesday 30th November 2021: Within the Garden Walls at Hogarth’s House, Chiswick; by Val Bott of the William Hogarth Trust.
  • Tuesday 28th January 2022: Richmond Park – a history; by Max Lankester, Vice-President of the Friends of Richmond Park.
  • Tuesday 22th February 2022: Headstone Manor, a moated house in Harrow; by Pat Clarke of Pinner History Society
  • Tuesday 29th March 2022: West Middlesex Hospital – Celebrating 100 Years; by Christine Diwell of the Hounslow Heritage Guides.
  • Tuesday 26th April 2022: AGM, followed by A History of Brentford Bridge and a tour around Victorian Brentford; by James Marshall, retired Local Studies Librarian, London Borough of Hounslow.

Programme for 2020 – 2021

  • Tuesday October 27th: HOUNSLOW HEATH AERODROME AND THE FIRST FLIGHT TO AUSTRALIA, 1919; by James Marshall, Hounslow Local Historian.
  • Tuesday November 24th: HOUNSLOW’S ROMAN ROAD; by James Marshall, Hounslow Local Historian.
  • Tuesday 26th January 2021: THE FARNELL FAMILY OF ISLEWORTH BREWERY; by Christine Diwell of The Isleworth Society.
  • Tuesday 23rd February 2021: LONDON’S VICTORIANS AT LEISURE; by Ian Bevan.
  • Tuesday 30th March 2021: HAYES – THE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD; by Joanna Hughes of the EMI Archive Trust.
  • Tuesday 27th April 2021: H&DHS AGM followed by a talk on FELTHAM MARSHALLING YARDS AND THE NEW SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAYS TRAINCARE DEPOT by Brian Grumbridge and James Marshall

Programme for 2019-2020

  • Tuesday 24th September: The Early History of Local Railways; by Brian Grumbridge, Chairman of Hounslow & District History Society and Editor of the Honeslaw Chronicle.
  • Tuesday 29th October: Hanworth Park House; by Nigel Clark, Secretary of the Hanworth Park History Research Group.
  • Saturday 16th November: London and Middlesex Archaeological Society annual conference at the Museum of London; In Sickness and in Health: The Wellbeing of Londoners Through History.
  • Tuesday 26th November: Bugging the Nazi’s in World War II: Trent Park’s Secret History; by Dr. Helen Fry, Historian and Authoress.
January – April 2020
  • Tuesday 28th January: The Life and Legacy of George Bradshaw; by Dr. David Turner of York University.
  • Tuesday 25th February: The Greenings of Brentford End: Royal Gardeners; by Val Bott, Historian and Museum Consultant.
  • Tuesday 31st March: Croydon Airport – The Golden Era of Air Travel; by John King, Air Transport Historian.
  • Tuesday 28th April: AGM followed by a talk to be arranged.

Programme for 2018-2019

  • Tuesday 25th September: Hounslow in Postcards; by Mary and James Marshall of Hounslow & District History Society.
  • Tuesday 30th October: London Roadhouses in Fact and Fiction; by Dr Michael John Law, University of Westminster.
  • Saturday 17th November; LAMAS Conference at the Museum of London; “An Emporium for Many Nations: London Shaped by Trade”
  • Tuesday 27th November: Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield Hospital; by Ian Jones-Healey, Archivist at the Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability.
January – April 2019
  • Tuesday 29th January: The Restoration of Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing – and Insider’s View; by Richard Flenley, Trustee.
  • Tuesday 26th February: Cemeteries and the Burial of the Dead – A More Than Personal View; by Alan Rice, Hounslow’s Cemeteries Officer.
  • Tuesday 26th March: Suffragettes, Suffragists and Antis; by Irene Cockcroft, authoress and lecturer specialising in women’s involvement in the Arts and Crafts and Suffrage movements.
  • Tuesday 30th March; West London Local History Conference: Entertainment; at the University of West London, Boston Manor Road, Brentford.
  • Tuesday 30th April: AGM followed by Joshua Kirby, Father of Sarah Trimmer and Friend of Thomas Gainsborough; by Andrea Cameron, Vice-President H&DHS and Local Historian.


Programme for 2017-2018: 

  • Tuesday 26th September  2017; Tales from the Tower – Hounslow’s Gunpowder Mills; by Chris Hern M.B.E.
  • Tuesday 31st October 2017; The Royal Parks in the Great War; by David Ivison, Vice-Chairman of the Royal Park’s Guild’s Management Committee
  • Saturday 18th November;  LAMAS Conference  At the Museum of London. Theme: Pastimes in Times Past, Entertainment in London.
  • Tuesday 28th November;   2017 Crossrail; by John Goldsmith, Community Relations Manager


  • Tuesday 30th January 2018; Dickens and the Railways; by David Turner, Associate Lecturer in Railway Studies, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of York.
  • Tuesday 27th February 2018; The Archaeology of the Thames; by John Cotton, Archaeology Committee Secretary of LAMAS
  • Saturday 24th March  2018; West London Local History Conference At the University of West London, The Paragon, Boston Manor Road. Theme: The Impact of World War I on West London.
  • Tuesday 27th March  2018; Local Market Gardening Families; by David Lawrie, Oral Histories and Research Volunteer for the Jam Yesterday project.
  • Tuesday 24th April  2017; Annual General Meeting followed by  Sarah Trimmer; by Andrea Cameron, local historian and Vice President H&DHS.


Programme for 2016-2017

  • Tuesday 27th September  2016; The Centenary of the Indian Gymkhana Club, Hounslow:  1916 – 2016; By Suantar Soni, the Honorary Secretary of the Club
  • Tuesday 25th October 2016; An American President in Ealing (John Quincy Adams, American Ambassador in London); By Mary Woods and Duncan Cameron, Members of the Little  Ealing History Group which produced a book on John Quincy Adams’s stay in Little Ealing.
  • Saturday 19th November  LAMAS Conference  At the Museum of London
  • Tuesday 29th November   2016; The Syon Abbey Herbal 1517: the Last Monastic Herbal in  England; By John Adams, Member of the Syon Abbey Research Associates and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.


  • Tuesday 31st January 2017
  • All Hallows – A City of London Church in Twickenham; By Kathryn Elliott, All Hallows Parish Historian.
  • Tuesday 28th February 2017
  • Licensed to Sell: the Brentford Magistrates’ Court’s Pub Watercolours; By Mary and James Marshall of Hounslow Libraries’ Local Studies Service.
  • Saturday 25th March  2017 West London Local History Conference At the University of West London, The Paragon, Boston Manor Road. Theme: Communications in West London’s History. 
  • Tuesday 28th March  2017; Hanworth Air Park 1917-1995; by James Marshall, Local Studies Librarian, Hounslow Library Service.
  • Tuesday 25th April  2017;  Annual General Meeting followed by Turner and the Thames; By Andrea Cameron, local historian.

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Programme for 2015-2016

  • Tuesday 29th September: History of RAF Northolt (centenary 2015); By Sgt. Mark Bristow, the station’s historian
  • Tuesday 27th October: Trade Routes and Warpaths: Hounslow’s Role in Shaping North America; By Howard Simmons, Hounslow Heritage Guide
  • Saturday 21st November LAMAS Conference: Middlesex, the Forgotten County, at the Museum of London
  • Tuesday 24th November: The Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court Palace (500th anniversary 2015); By Dr. Lee Prosser, Curator of Historic Buildings (Historic Royal Palaces)


  • Tuesday 26th January: Le Village Belge sur la Tamise: Belgian Refugees in Twickenham in World War One; By Dr Helen Baker, local historian, Twickenham
  • Tuesday 23rd February: Ciné film of Heston, Hounslow, Isleworth and Osterley; By Andrea Cameron, local historian. A compilation of digitised local, school and family cine film shot by Alfred Sansom, the Caretaker of Spring Grove Central Secondary School, between 1935 and 1938. Runs 50 minutes with an interval for refreshments.
  • Saturday 19th March: West London Local History Conference: Children in West London History, 
  • Tuesday 29th March:  The History of Staines Linoleum; By Nick Pollard, Chairman of Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group and Chairman of Spelthorne Museum
  • Tuesday 26th April: Annual General Meeting, followed by The Origins of Hounslow Town and the Bath Road; By James Marshall, Local Studies Librarian, Hounslow


Programme for 2014-2015

  • Tuesday 30th September 2014: The Battle of Brentford and the Stand-Off at Turnham Green, November 1642; by Howard Simmons, Hounslow Heritage Guide
  • Tuesday 28th October 2014: 150 Years of London’s Underground; by Dave Clark, a Friend of the London Transport Museum
  • Saturday 22nd November 2014: London and Middlesex Archaeological Society Conference on Law and Order, at the Museum of London
  • Tuesday 25th November 2014: Sir Joshua Reynolds and his house on Richmond Hill with JMW Turner’s House (Sandycombe Lodge) in Twickenham; by Mrs Catherine Parry-Wingfield, Chairman of the Turner’s House Trust
  • Tuesday 27th January 2015: Feltham Borstal and its History; by James Marshall, Local Studies Librarian, Hounslow Borough Libraries
  • Tuesday 24th February 2015: Transported for Life – the life and crimes of a local historian: George James Aungier (1808-186?); by Mary Marshall. (This talk replaces the published talk on The History of RAF Northolt by Sgt. Mark Bristow, whom we now hope to have as a speaker on 29th September.)
  • March 28th 2015: The 35th West London Local History Conference: Women in West London History; at the University of West London, The Paragon, Boston Manor Road, Brentford TW8 9GA. Tickets £15.00 only in advance (see below).
  • Tuesday 31st March 2015: Historic Houses of Hounslow Borough; by Christine Diwell, a Hounslow Heritage Guide.
  • Tuesday 28th April 2015: H&DHS Annual General Meeting followed by The History of Isleworth Riverside; by Andrea Cameron, Local Historian.

Programme for 2013-2014

  • 24th September 2013: Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII’s Discarded Wife, by Elizabeth Norton, authoress of the book.
  • 29th October 2013: Montgomery and the First  War on Terror, by Councillor Robert Oulds (Chiswick Homefields), author of the book.
  • 26th November 2013: The Airfields of West London, by Andrea Cameron.
  • 28th January 2014: Breweries Connected with the London Borough of Hounslow, by James Marshall, Local Studies Librarian, Hounslow Library Service.
  • 25th February 2014: Victorian Millionaires and Their Riverside Mansions, by Keith Parry.
  • 25th March 2014: Jonathan Carr’s Bedford Park, by Dr. David Budworth MBE, author of the book.
  • 29th April 2014: Brentford Old and New, by Andrea Cameron, local historian. This talk will follow the society’s Annual General Meeting.

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