German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

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Previous Special Events 2018

Open House

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. Originally constructed in the later seventeen century, 17 Bloomsbury Square, a Grade II listed building, was remodelled by John Nash c1777-8. Highlights include an Adam-style ceiling on the 1st floor and a beautiful staircase with wrought-iron balustrade. Once home to the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, it has housed the German Historical Institute since 1982. The Institute will be open on Saturday 22 September between 10am and 2pm. There will be guided tours every 15 minutes on the History of the Building and Surroundings.

Link: Open House London

Exhibition – Anti-Authoritarians; Berlin 1968 / 2018


In memory of Michael John Underwood 1948-2015

10 May to 23 September 2018

Venue: German Historiacl Institute London

This is a photographic project documenting people that had been either directly involved in, or came in the wake of, the 1960s anti-authoritarian movement as it developed in Berlin.

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Andreas Gestrich (GHIL): Land of Hope and ... The Past and Future in the Language of Modern British Politics

Friday 6 July 2018, 6.30pm

Valedictory Lecture

Venue: London School of Economics, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

Seating is limited, registration is via email events(ghi) only.

Download flyer (PDF file)

Abschied vom Kontinent? Der Brexit aus historischer und aktueller Perspektive

Max Weber Foundation / The Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin
Panel Discussion (in German)

Thursday 3 May 2018, 7pm

Venue: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Leibniz-Saal, Entrance: Markgrafenstr. 38, 10117 Berlin

The discussants are:

  • Ulrike Guérot (Danube University Krems)
  • Christopher Harvie (University of Tübingen)
  • Christina von Hodenberg (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Brendan Simms (University of Cambridge)
  • Christian Tomuschat (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

The discussion will be chaired by Patrick Bahners, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. It will take place at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften on Thursday, 3 May 2018 as part of the conference  ‘Splendid Isolation’? Insularity in British History.

Flyer (PDF file in German only)

Event webpage (in German only, this link will take you the Max Weber Foundation website)

Annual Lecture on Contemporary German History
Timothy Garton Ash (Oxford): German and European unification: Harmony or dissonance?

24 April (6.30pm)

The Annual History Lecture, jointly organised by the German Historical Institute London and the German Embassy, serves to engage in a dialogue on the contemporary political and historical situation of Germany and to open up conversations on how Germany reflects on its own historical background and trajectory. It also aims to foster mutual cultural understanding and to portray Germany’s role in contemporary history and politics.

Venue: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, 23 Belgrave Square / Chesham Place, London SW1X 8PZ

In his lecture Timothy Garton Ash gives an insightful analysis of the processes of German and European unification, reflecting on the history of the European Monetary Union, the unification of Germany as a means towards a more united European continent and on how the roots of the problems we face in Europe today are connected to the historic developments in 1989 and the 1990s.

Listen to this lecture (MP3 download, 51 min, 58 MB)