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).


11 August 2018

1.30pm - Spitalfields - David Williams, London Blue Guide

David says of his topic: This area close to Liverpool Street Station was better known in the past for crime, poverty and slum housing. Now houses are being refurbished and selling for over £1m and there are a growing number of thriving fashion, media and tech companies. Once it was home to many thousands of Huguenots fleeing from Continental persecution; so too were the Jews and today there is a vibrant Bangladeshi community who contribute to the cultural mix which makes this such a fascinating area.

3.30pm - The Austro-Prussian War of 1866 – Dr. Stephen Summerfield, Loughborough University

This war is also known as The Seven Weeks War and has been overshadowed in history by the Franco-Prussian War of only a few years later. However, this war was responsible for many Prussians, especially Pomeranians, emigrating to the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and elsewhere. If your ancestor(s) arrived in the last few years of the 1860s, it may be that this war was the reason they left home.


13 October 2018

1.30pm - German Prince of Plants: Jacob Bobart, First Keeper of Oxford’s Botanical Garden, and His Colourful Descendants – Mark Davies, Walks Guide and Speaker

Born in Brunswick, Bobart was appointed as keeper of this garden in about 1641.  His son Jacob followed him in the job, while another son, Tilleman, was instrumental in the creation of the grounds of Blenheim Palace.  A later descendant also became an Oxford celebrity.  This talk will also touch on a few other Germans who were important in Oxford’s history and development.

3.30pm - Life in Germany in WWI as Seen in the Photographs of Käthe Buchler - Helen Boak, retired from the University of Hertfordshire

Helen will use these photographs to shine a light on life in Germany during WWI, with the occasional comparison with life in Britain.  Käthe Buchler lived from 1876 to 1930.  At the time of writing, her photographs are in a touring exhibition entitled ‘Beyond the Battlefields:  Käthe Buchler’s Photographs of Germany in the Great War’.  If I learn of any venues beyond the 5th of May I will post them on the AGFHS website, but we will see many of her photos in this talk.


8 December 2018

1.30pm - TBA

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.




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