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.

Re-opening of the GHIL Library

We are very happy to be able to welcome registered readers to our library again from 13 July. Revised opening hours (10am – 3pm) and a pre-booking system apply. Please see here for details on our changed regulations and procedures.

If you are not a registered reader or can’t make it to Bloomsbury Square, you can of course still direct your enquiries to library(ghi) and we’ll try our best to help you remotely.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the summer seminar series on Feminist Histories will be presented as part of the GHIL audio podcast. The lectures will be available for download on the GHIL website, with a new episode released every Wednesday from 1 July to 15 July.
1 July
Chiara Bonfiglioli (Cork)
Internationalist Waves and Feminist Waves in Italy, Yugoslavia, and Cuba from the 1950s to 1970s
8 July
Jane Whittle (Exeter) and Laura Schwartz (Warwick)
Understanding Women and Work from the Early Modern Era to the Present. A Roundtable
15 July
Maud Bracke (Glasgow)
Inventing Reproductive Rights: Sex, Population and Feminism in Europe (1945-1980)

30 October

Law and Consent in Medieval Britain

10-11 December

Hidden Economies of Slavery
15–18 September
Awkward Partners? The United Kingdom and Europe since 1918
Closing date for applications: 8 June 2020
Medieval History Seminar
German Historical Institute London, 30 September–2 October 2021
Closing date: 31 January 2021

Ulrike Freitag: Cosmopolitanism in a Global Perspective
German Historical Institute London - Annual Lecture 2019
Cultures of Intelligence in the Era of the World Wars
Edited by Simon Ball, Philipp Gassert, Andreas Gestrich, and Sönke Neitzel
(Studies of the German Historical Institute, London)

Free online access is now available for:
Becker, Tobias: Inszenierte Moderne. Populäres Theater in Berlin und London, 1880-1930, Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London, 74, Munich: Oldenbourg, 2014.