German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

Phone: Tel. +44-(0)20-7309 2050



Press Kit



The German Historical Institute London is a centre of research for German and British academics and students. As part of the Max Weber Foundation, it is one of a group of eleven German institutes for humanities research outside Germany, and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The current director is Prof Dr Christina von Hodenberg.

The GHIL is extremely popular with historians of all eras working on colonial history and global relations or the history of Great Britain and Ireland. The Institute is also an important meeting point for UK historians whose research concerns the history of the German-speaking lands. Key to this is its comprehensive and up-to-date library, with its main focus on German history.

Research among the Institute's historians currently focuses on intellectual history, media history, social and gender history. Additional collaborative projects, such as the Euroscepticism project, are concerned with political cultures. The India Research Programme works closely with project partners in India and has been engaged in long-term collaborative research on India, on topics such as education and the urban, and heritage and popular history. The GHIL is a collaboration partner in numerous other research projects on British, European and colonial and global history, and is also involved in digital humanities initiatives.

The GHIL organises international conferences, seminars and postgraduate workshops and annually awards a prize for outstanding theses as well as numerous scholarships. Outreach activities also include the Institute's blog and social media, public events and exhibitions. The publications of the GHIL – theses, dissertations, professorial treatises, conference volumes and the Edition British Envoys to Germany – are published by Oxford or Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter Oldenbourg and Berghahn Books.

Public Relations / Press office

Kim König

Tel.: +44 020 7309 2033


The GHIL in numbers

The average number of employees at the GHIL, including project staff.

The approximate number of volumes and electronic resources that comprise the GHIL library. Main topics are German history, the history of the British-German relations from the Middle Ages to the present day, and wider European history.

The approximate number of events organised and hosted by the GHIL every year on German, British, and global history for academic researchers, students, and the general public. Many events are organised in co-operation with German and international partners. The majority take place at the GHIL, but also at other academic organizations in the UK, Germany and India. Participants come from all over the world. Events include seminars and lectures, conferences and workshops, the annual lecture, colloquia for scholarship holders, and exhibitions. Regular collaborations take place with the Institute of Historical Research, the History Faculty Oxford, the Leo Baeck Institute London und the London School of Economics (Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture).

Research areas and Contacts


British History

Historians working in this area:

(covering the period 400-2000 C.E.)
Medieval: Stephan Bruhn
Early Modern: Michael Schaich
Modern: William King, David Lawton, Markus Mößlang, Ole Münch, Pascale Siegrist

European Perspectives

Historians working in this area:

(covering the period ca. 1300-2000 C.E.)
Medieval: Marcus Meer
Modern: Christina von Hodenberg and Sina Steglich

Colonial and Global History

Historians working in this area:

(covering the period 1600-2010 C.E.)
Mirjam Hähnle, Mirjam Brusius, Mallika Leuzinger and Indra Sengupta


Supporting early career researchers

Supporting early career researchers is a key mission of the GHIL. Most of the historians employed at the GHIL are at the postdoc stage of their careers, working on their second book. In addition, every year the GHIL offers numerous scholarships of varying duration and other modes of academic exchange such as master classes, study groups, workshops, conferences and seminars. 



Scholarships of up to six months are awarded to postgraduate students and postdocs from German universities

Student workshops

The main student workshops at the GHIL are the annual Postgraduate Students Conference and the Summer School on British history


The Prize of the German Historical Institute London and the Wolfgang J. Mommsen Prize are (regularly and occasionally) awarded for dissertations and research on German, British-German or British history.


Public relations


Selected events, lectures and interviews are available as podcasts.

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The GHIL Blog is written by our own historians, invited academics and scholarship holders on topics relating to their research.

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Social media

All recent news concerning events, publications, the library and more is regularly posted on social media.

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