Developed by the joint initiative of German and British historians,
the German Historical Institute London has been an
integral part of the bilateral academic community for nearly
four decades. Located in one of London’s typical town houses
on the leafy Bloomsbury Square, it has become a point of reference
for researchers from around the world. Having been the
capital of the former British Empire, the metropolis is ideally
placed to maintain a cross-border academic culture. Starting
in 2013 the German Historical Institute London will be supervising
a transnational research group in New Delhi together
with British, German and Indian partners that will work on
social and educational politics in India from the 19th century

German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 207 309 205 0
Fax +44 207 309 205 5


The institute is a centre of research for German and British academics and students. It organises international conferences, seminars and postgraduate workshops and annually awards a prize for outstanding theses as well as numerous scholarships and internships.

The publications of the DHI London – Theses, dissertations, professorial treatises, conference volumes as well as the Edition British Envoys to Germany – printed by Oxford or Cambridge University Press and Oldenbourg Press. The extensive library and periodicals room ("Common Room") offer an important starting point for historians from across the globe.

Founded: 1976 (formerly "Verein zur Förderung des Britisch-Deutschen Historikerkreises e.V. - Association to Promote the Anglo-German Historian Circle"; Positions: 27 (average number according to recorded information, including project staff)

Areas of research
British history from the early Middle Ages up to and including contemporary history, history of the British Empire and Commonwealth, history of German-British relationsAcademic Advisory Council of the German Historical Institute London

Library: approx. 75,000 media items. In memory of the former director of the German Historical Institute London, the institute annually awards the "Wolfgang J. Mommsen Prize" to the author of an  outstanding piece of German research on British history. The prize covers the cost of translating the work into English and publishing it in the institute’s new series: "Monographs in British History: Publications of the German Historical Institute London"

Promotion of young academics
Internships and research scholarships for young academics, PhD students and postdoctoral students, annual PhD conference for British doctoral candidates researching German or German-British  history, annual week-long summer school for German students of British history in collaboration with the University of Munich, award for outstanding dissertations in the field of German, British and German-British history

British Envoys to Germany, Monographs in British History, Studies of the German Historical Institute London, Publications of the German Historical Institute London, German Historical Institute London Bulletin, German Historical Institute London Bulletin – Supplement, Annual Lectures, Bibliography: Research on British History in the Federal Republic of Germany

Seminars and lectures, conferences and workshops, Annual Lecture, colloquium for scholarship holders, GHIL Debates about current academic and academic policy issues, Lectures on Contemporary German History in collaboration with the German Embassy in London

Academic Advisory Council