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.

Closure Notice and Cancellations

The German Historical Institute is closed to the public until further notice because of the current Coronavirus crisis. However, staff can still be reached by telephone or email and we are happy to deal with your enquiries.

***   Please note that the following events have been cancelled:   ***

  • Jane Whittle and Laura Schwartz: Women and Work Roundtable (Seminars - Summer 2020: Feminist Histories, 9 June)
  • Frank Bajohr: Research on the Holocaust since the 1990s: Achievements, Changes, Problems, and Challenges (Annual Lecture of the Modern German History Society, 11 June)
  • Maud Bracke: Inventing Reproductive Rights. Sex, Population and Feminism in Europe (Seminars - Summer 2020: Feminist Histories, 16 June)
  • Chiara Bonfiglioli: Internationalist Waves and Feminist Waves in Italy, Yugoslavia, and Cuba (Seminars - Summer 2020: Feminist Histories, 23 June)
  • Imaobong Umoren: Race Women Internationalists: Black Women, Feminism and Freedom Struggles (Seminars - Summer 2020: Feminist Histories, 28 June)
  • Petra Terhoeven: The other side of terrorism: Victimhood and acknowledgment in the context of terrorist violence (Richard von Weizsäcker Guest Professor Lecture, 30 June)

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

The Prize of the German Historical Institute London is awarded annually for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis on German history (submitted to a British or Irish university), British history or British colonial history (submitted to a German university), Anglo-German relations or Anglo-German comparative history (submitted to a British, Irish, or German university). Submission deadline for this year's prize: 31 July 2020
Hidden Economies of Slavery
German Historical Institute London, 10-11 December 2020
Closing date: 30 June 2020
Our new Bulletin (May 2020) is now available online.

MWS India Branch Office Annual Report 2019

Global Publics. Their Power and their Limits, 1870-1990
Edited by Valeska Huber and Jürgen Osterhammel
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.