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 history of Britain, on the British Empire and the Commonwealth, and on Anglo-German relations. Its public library specializes in German history.


Professor Christina von Hodenberg took over as Director of the GHIL on 1 September 2018. She specialises in the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe. From 2006 to 2018, she taught as Professor of European History at Queen Mary University London.
22 September
(10am - 2pm)
Following the success of its previous participation in Open House London, the German Historical Institute is delighted to again take part in the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design. There will be guided tours every 15 minutes on the History of the Building and Surroundings.

11 October

Neil Gregor (Southampton)
German Orchestras, the Volksgemeinschaft, and the Persecution of the Jews, 1933–1945

18 October

Benjamin Ziemann (Sheffield)
History in the Active Voice: Rethinking the German Revolution 1918/1919

12-14 November

Interrogating Marginality: Education and the Urban
“From the Ruins of Preservation”. A symposium on rethinking heritage through counter-archives
German Historical Institute London, 11-12 July 2019
Closing date: 1 November 2018
Workshop on Medieval Germany
German Historical Institute London, 17 May 2019
Closing date: 14 January 2019

Studies of the German Historical Institute London
Richard Bessel and Dorothee Wierling (ed.): Inside World War One? The First World War and its Witnesses
Studies of the German Historical Institute London
Cornelia Linde (ed.): Making and Breaking the Rules. Discussion, Implementation, and Consequences of Dominican Legislation
Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London, Vol. 80
Victor Mauer: Brückenbauer. Großbritannien, die deutsche Frage und die Blockade Berlins 1948-1949

Gerda Henkel-Visiting Professorship
Closing date for applications: 15 October 2018.