Germans in Britain – a new exhibition

Germans in Britain – curated by Dr Cathy Ross, Honorary Research Fellow at the Museum of London – consists of a series of display panels that tell the story of the relationship between Germany and Britain all the way back to the first arrival on these shores of the Angles and the Saxons. There is also a video featuring three Germans now living in this country – Lord Moser, Henning Wehn and Beatrice Behlen – all of whom reflect on their experience of being a German in Britain.

At a time when the media and popular focus appears to be on the more-troubled relationship with Germany of the last 100 years, Germans in Britain tells the long story of this complicated relationship. The exhibition reveals that as a country we are much more German than we might have imagined and that Germans have always been, numerically, one of the largest (and at times the largest) communities in our country.

Germans in Britain was curated by Dr Cathy Ross and designed by Joe Ewart of Society. It was funded by private and corporate sponsorship, including contributions from The Schroder Foundation and the Kohn Foundation.

Germans in Britain is a touring exhibition, which is currently on display at the University of Reading until 24 March 2017, where it is being accompanied by a programme of events which you can learn more about here.

If you are interested in putting on the exhibition in your own organisation, please contact Andrew Steeds for further information.

See our education area for some education resources related to the exhibition, and contact Emily Miller.

Germans in Britain in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HumSS), University of Reading, Reading, RG6 6UB, from 16 January to 24 March 2017.

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