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

Please note that there will be no late openings from 6 August to 3 September. During this time the library will close at 5pm on Thursdays.

3 September

Dan Diner (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
'Rites of Reserve: The German-Israeli Encounter in Luxemburg 1952'

6 October

Martin Mulsow (Erfurt/Gotha)
Drugs and Oriental Studies in the Seventeenth Century: Towards an Intellectual History beyond East and West
Cultural Encounters during Global War, 1914-1918: Traces, Spaces, Legacies
(21-23 January 2016)
Closing date: 14 September 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
19 September
(10am -2pm)
This year, for the first time, the German Historical Institute takes part in Open House London, the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design. There will be guided tours every half hour.
9 September
The exhibition Things We Keep will be opened with a lecture by Inge Weber-Newth (London Metropolitan University) on "Home Ties: Objects in Migrants' Lives”.
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.
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)
The new M.S. Merian Centre for Advanced Studies “Metamorphoses of the Political” (MICAS:MP) is looking for a Deputy Director and a Programme Officer
Closing date for applications: 4 September 2015