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).


8 December 2018

1.30pm - How Far did Your Ancestor Travel? – Celia Heritage, professional genealogist and lecturer

This talk is another of our occasional talks on British social history (not about immigrating Germans!) and it covers how far people migrated within the UK before the advent of travel on the railways.  Celia has kindly offered to do this talk for the cost of her travel expenses and at her request, for a donation to MIND to raise awareness of mental health issues.  

3.30pm - Heimat in South London:  Forest Hill’s German Community - Michael Paterson 

Come to hear about Forest Hill’s German history.  This is one of several areas in and around London to which numerous Germans gravitated.

5.00pm - Christmas Social

Please contact Nöele Barnfield to book your place.


9 February 2019

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

Come and hear about this ambitious project initiated by Charles Booth, mapping London’s poverty. Bob will concentrate on various parts of the map of East London.

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 - TBA

5.00pm - Summer Social

Please contact Nöele Barnfield to book your place.


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