Regular meetings


We hold meetings in Central London on the second Saturday of every other month: February, April, June, August, October and December.



King's Cross Methodist Church
6 Crestfield Street
London WC1H 8BB

The church is opposite King's Cross Mainline Station.



The nearest Underground / train station is King's Cross St Pancras (Piccadilly, Circle, Metropolitan and Victoria lines).

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The rooms are open from 12.15 and there is space for people to eat lunch before the meeting starts. Tea and coffee are available.

Speakers usually give their talks at 13.30 and 15.30 (except at the AGM in June).


9 February 2019

1.30pm - Charles Booth and the London Poverty Map – Bob Reeves

Charles Booth devoted a considerable portion of his considerable wealth to a comprehensive study of London’s working people at the end of the 19th century. In the process he, and his team, developed innovative ways of presenting data. His classification of people, along with his colour coded maps, informed 20th century social investigation. They have a relevance today.

Bob will show some of Booth’s East-End surveys - where his work started, and where many German immigrants struggled to survive. Booth’s work was at the time, and is now, deeply controversial. His views of ‘the poor’ might disturb us today. Devoted to evidence, he was a man of his time with entrenched prejudices, but also ahead of his time, for example campaigning vigorously for ‘progressive’ reforms such as state pensions. 

3.30pm - Emil and Albert Sieler-London Hairdressers: Father and Son from Theissen, Germany and North London - Malcolm Sieler, member 

A ship being sunk in 1915 led to the sad tale of Emil’s death. This completely changed the life of his eldest son, Albert, who embraced and enjoyed his newly imposed career of hairdresser. Almost all of this story came to light after Albert’s death, as did some interesting memorabilia. Malcolm has an amazing collection of these memorabilia.


13 April 2019

1.30pm - Time Stood Still:  Civilian and Military Prisoners at Lofthouse Park Camp, 1914 – 1919 – Dr. Claudia Sternberg, University of Leeds

Lofthouse Park Camp near Wakefield held nearly 3,000 German and Austrian-Hungarian civilian and military prisoners during the First World War and was in use until the last officers left Yorkshire in December 1919.  This talk shares some of the official and personal stories that were brought to light in the collaborative British German project ‘Am falschen Ort zur falschen Zeit’.

3.30pm - Johann Christian Bach – the London Bach:  a not so famous German immigrant - Paul Barnfield, member 

Johann Christian Bach, born 1735, was the youngest son of the famous composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.  At the age of 27 he came to England and settled in London, and became known as the London Bach. He composed much music here which was very highly regarded and popular in his lifetime and which was highly regarded by Mozart. This talk will be accompanied by extracts of some of his music. 


8 June 2019

1.30pm - Annual General Meeting

3.30pm - A Victorian ‘Catch me if you can!’ – The Strange Tale of Martin Georg Adolphus Konrad Meyer (a Reluctant Shoemaker) and other German Ancestors – Christopher Rawlins, member

The story also includes a second Shoemaker and at least one Clockmaker and the surnames of Fis(c)her, Mead, Krause and Bangerter but you will need to attend the meeting yourself to hear more about Chris’s interesting German ancestors as he was reluctant to give away much more of the story in advance, apart from having descended from at least one rogue! 

5.00pm - Summer Social

Please contact Nöele Barnfield to book your place.


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