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Germans in Britain at LSE


Sep 28, 2015 - Nov 6, 2015


LSE Atrium Gallery,
Old Building,
London, WC2A 2AE


Germans in Britain at the London School of Economics

28 September-6 November 2015 ⎪ Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm
Free admission⎪Open to all⎪Click for details
LSE Atrium Gallery, Old Building

Explore the rich and fascinating history of German migrants to Britain in this pop-up exhibition.

Germans have had an immense impact on British life over the centuries. Find out how British sport, science, banks, businesses, music, monarchs, art and design have all been shaped by their German connections.

This fascinating story is peppered with both familiar and unfamiliar names. Many people know about Ludwig Guttmann, whose work at Stoke Mandeville hospital in effect founded the Paralympic movement; but what about the Nuremberg engineer who founded Triumph motorbikes in Coventry? Or the early 19th century German chemist whose company eventually became British Gas?

Other famous British brands such as Dr Martens and Persil are also a product of Anglo German cooperation. One of Britain’s best-known seaside buildings, the de la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, was designed by a German architect, and English art would not be the same without Hans Holbein, who brought Renaissance painting to the court of Henry VIII.

Germans in Britain is curated by Dr Cathy Ross, Honorary Research Fellow at the Museum of London.