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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General Information

The German Historical Institute London (GHIL) was officially opened on 4 November 1976 as an independent academic institution to promote research concentrating on British history, on the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth and on Anglo-German relations. The Institute also houses a library devoted mainly to German history and organizes public lectures and conferences dealing with German, British and global history. Since 2002 the GHIL has been part of the Max Weber Foundation - German Humanities Institutes Abroad, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The GHIL is the third of its kind, after the Istituto Storico Germanico in Rome, founded a hundred years ago by the Prussian Government to facilitate research into the newly opened Vatican archives, and the Institut Historique Allemand in Paris, set up in 1958. In the meantime further institutes have been established in Moscow (2005), Washington (1987) and Warsaw (1993). Together with the Institute for Oriental Studies in Beirut/Istanbul (1961), the German Centre for Art History in Paris (1979), and the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo (1988) they form the member institutes of the Max Weber Stiftung.

The GHIL today holds a respected position among London's research establishments. Its present premises at 17 Bloomsbury Square, once developed by John Nash (1752-1835) and leased by the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, have been acquired and beautifully restored by the Volkswagen Foundation to accommodate the Institute and its rapidly expanding library.

The academic staff of the Institute consists of the director, usually a German professor of history seconded from his or her university, and nine research fellows. Most of them return to the Federal Republic of Germany and take up academic positions within the German university system. The Institute’s work is supported and monitored by an advisory board (Beirat) of German and British historians.

40 years German Historical Institute London

On 4 November 2016 the GHIL celebrated its 40th anniversary. On this occasion we would like to thank our colleagues and friends who supported us and our work over the last four decades. For more information on the anniversary and the institute’s history click here

The following evaluation reports are available in German only:

Evaluation 2019 - Report

Stellungnahme des Stiftungsrates zum DHI London (this link will take you to the Max Weber Stiftung website)

Evaluation 2012 - Report

Stellungnahme des Stiftungsrates zum DHI London (this link will take you to the Max Weber Stiftung website)