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.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death, on 26 July 2017, of the former director of the German Historical Institute London, Professor Dr Peter Wende.

Professor Wende headed the Institute between 1994 and 2000.

Our thoughts are with his family.

Library News

Please note that there will be no late opening on Thursdays during the month of August.
The revised opening hours (only for August) are: Mon–Fri 9:30 to 17:00.
4-8 September
Understanding the Nation. Transformations of the British Nation State in the Twentieth Century
14 September
Panel discussion
Cultures of Conservatism in an Age of Transformation: Interpreting Conservatism between the 1970s and 1990s
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Movable Goods and Immovable Property. Gender, Law and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe (1450‒1850)
Closing date: 15 October 2017
23 June –
15 October 2017
The exhibition at Tate Liverpool, conceived in cooperation with the GHIL, presents the faces of Germany between the two world wars told through the eyes of painter Otto Dix (1891–1969) and photographer August Sander (1876–1964) - two artists whose works document the radical extremes of the country in this period.
27-29 September
Poverty and Education from the Nineteenth Century to the Present: India and Comparative Perspectives
Max Weber Foundation Transnational Research Group - India “Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor between the State and Private Actors: Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century”
Bewerbungsschluss für Stipendien für Doktoranden und Nachwuchswissenschaftler für den nächsten Förderzeitraum (1. Januar 2018 bis 30. Juni 2018) ist der 30. September.
Our new Bulletin (May 2017), a special issue on
is now available online.