German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)20 - 7309 2050
Fax: +44 (0)20 - 7309 2055 / 7404 5573


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The German Historical Institute London (GHIL) is an academically independent institution and part of the Max Weber Foundation German Humanities Institutes Abroad. It promotes research on medieval and modern history, in particular on the comparative history of Britain and Germany, on the British Empire  and the Commonwealth, and on Anglo-German relations. Its public library specializes in German history.

Library News

The Library is pleased to announce that there will be extended opening hours in place from October 1st: Mon-Wed, Fri 9:30 – 17:00, Thu 9:30 – 20:00
Please note that there will be restricted access to some library holdings (Sf, Sg and Sh) on Friday, 2 October, Friday, 23 October and on Friday, 13 November from 1pm. Books from these holdings will still be available but may have to be fetched by library staff.
Also, there will be no access to some library holdings (Sk.10-Sk.12 and So) on October 8th between 11am and 4pm.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

20 October

Elizabeth Harvey (Nottingham)
Gender, Race, and the Wartime Workforce: The Nazi Labour Administration and Female Forced Labour from Occupied Eastern Europe

27 October

Lawrence Goldman (London)
Founding the Welfare State: The Collective Biography of William Beveridge, R. H. Tawney, and William Temple

15-17 October

Spaces and Places of Leisure, Recreation and Sociability in Early Modernity (c. 1500-1800)
(19-21 May 2016)
Closing date: 8 November 2015
Transformations of ‘the Political’
Young South Asia Scholars Meet (Y-SASM), CeMIS, Göttingen, 24-25th June, 2016
(Event of MICAS:MP, the new Centre for Advanced Studies in India, funded by BMBF, the German Ministry of Education and Research)
Closing date: 30 September 2015
Things We Keep
What do a jam pot, a fountain pen, a house number plaque and a mixer tap have in common? All these things have been brought to Britain by German immigrants and expats. And all these things will be on show in autumn at „Things We Keep“, an exhibition at the German Historical Institute London.
Exhibition runs 10 September to 9 November 2015
Georg Wilhelm Schimper - In Abyssinia. Observations on Tigre, edited by Andreas Gestrich and Dorothea McEwan in collaboration with Stefan Hanß.
This edition of a manuscript by the important nineteenth-century botanist and traveller Georg Wilhelm Schimper is a co-operative project by the British Library, the German Historical Institute London, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Inge Weber-Newth: Home Ties: Objects in Migrants' Lives .
Lecture to mark the public opening of the exhibition "Things We Keep" at the GHIL.
Dan Diner: Rites of Reserve: The German-Israeli Encounter in Luxemburg 1952.
Keynote Lecture to the German History Society Annual Conference 2015
The Bulletin Supplement No. 3: "Debtors, Creditors, and their Networks" is now available.

Andreas Gestrich and Michael Schaich (eds.): The Hanoverian Succession. Dynastic Politics and Monarchical Culture (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015)

Riccardo Bavaj and Martina Steber (eds.): Germany and 'The West'. The History of a Modern Concept (New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015)