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German impact on British life and culture explored in pop-up exhibition

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin.

The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin.

Did you know that Germans are the largest group of foreign nationals working here at Reading?

For centuries, Germans have had an immense impact on British life and culture. From Monday 16 January until Friday 24 March, the University will host ‘Germans in Britain’, a special pop-up exhibition exploring the rich and fascinating history of German migrants to Britain.

Find out how British sport, science, banks, businesses, music, monarchs, art and design have all been shaped by their German connections. 

A programme of events around the exhibition has been coordinated by Dr Melani Schroeter, Programme Director of German Studies at Reading. As well as presentations by some of her students, who interviewed some of our German colleagues, there will be a guest lecture by Dr Stefan Manz (Aston University) on German Immigrants and the First World War

And to give the exhibition particular local reference, she is coordinating a panel discussion with Pro-Vice-Chancellor Vincenzo Raimo, Hella Eckhardt (Archaeology), Beatrice Heuser (Politics and International Relations), Peter Kruschwitz (Classics), Theo Marinis (Director of CeLM) and Nikos Georgantzis (Agriculture) – who will discuss: ‘The Brelephant in the room: Living in post-referendum UK as an EU citizen’.

Full programme outline below – all events are open to staff and students. 

For further details please contact Melani Schroeter, Modern Languages & European Studies. 

The Migration Museum Project’s Travelling Exhibition

Germans in Britain: on show at the University of Reading Monday 16 January – Friday 24 March, HumSS 274.

Wednesday 1 February 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Informal tour and exhibition video, student presentation based on interviews with German academics working at the University of Reading. Meet in HumSS 274.

Wednesday 15 February 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Informal tour and panel discussion The Brelephant in the Room. Living in post-referendum UK as an EU citizen Meet in HumSS 274.

Wednesday 1 March 4:00–6:00pm

Guest lecture by Dr Stefan Manz, Aston University: German Immigrants and the First World War. A Centenary Perspective. Meet in HumSS 274.

Wednesday 15 March, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Informal tour and exhibition video, student presentation based on interviews with German academics working at the University of Reading. Meet in HumSS 274.

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