German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

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





Researchers at the German Historical Institute London pursue a wide range of topics on British, German, colonial, and global history, and on British-German relations, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Most fellows focus on their first or second book, while others work on scholarly editions and digital humanities projects. The Institute concentrates its activities on arranging conferences and acquiring external funding in current staff members’ areas of expertise. Our research is organised in three areas: British History, European Perspectives, and Colonial and Global History. Additional overarching themes cut across the research areas – namely, Intellectual History, History of Medialization, and Histories of Gender and Society. The Institute’s Digital Humanities Strategy emphasizes projects that involve the historical analysis of social-science-generated or state-created mass datasets, using digital tools and methods such as statistical software and text mining.

Research Areas

Research Area

British History

Engraving of a portrait of Sir Edward Malet in his study at the British embassy, Berlin, 1893

The study of British history is at the heart of the Institute’s Research. We emphasize entanglements across borders and explore transnational, comparative and transregional approaches.

Research Area

European Perspectives

A black and white image of an older lady with her spaniel, in front of a rank of shops on Hamburger Strasse in Hamburg, 1965, featuring cutlery and men's hats

Projects in this research area focus on European-British relationships or comparisons, with Europe in the foreground. They also investigate, or aim to enable, the travel of ideas and methods between Britain, Germany and Europe.

Research Area

Colonial and Global History

Research on imperial history and the history of colonialism in Africa, India, and the Middle East has been an integral part of the work of the GHIL since its establishment in 1976. Current research at the Institute is engaged in contemporary debates on colonialism, post-colonial studies and global history. See also India Research Programme.


Cross-Cutting Research Themes

Our research fellows study British, German, and global history, often with an emphasis on transnational, transregional, and comparative approaches, global entanglements, and legacies of empire. Cross-cutting themes include intellectual history, processes of medialization, histories of gender and society, and digital humanities methods.


Collaborative Projects


Collaborative Project


Medialization and Empowerment

The International Standing Working Group; in cooperation with the India Branch Office, the GHI Rome, the GHI in Washington DC, and the Orient Institute Beirut

Collaborative Project


History as a Political Category

M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies: ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’

Collaborative Project

Prize Papers

Cataloguing – Digitization – Presentation

University of Oldenburg in co-operation with The National Archives, Kew, and the GHIL