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Regular meetings

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

Venue

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

The church is opposite King's Cross Mainline Station.

Travel

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

Times

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).

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 - WW1 POW Camps in Britain: An Update on German, Swiss and UK Archival Materials – Colin Chapman.

Colin will update us on his research on this subject and share his experiences of, and the documents available in, some of the archives he has used in the last year or two in Europe and the UK.

5.00pm - Summer Social.

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10 August 2019

1.30pm - Travels in Search of Archives: Chasing My Baltic Trader Across the Globe – Irene Cowan, member

We heard part of this story a decade ago and it was fascinating. If possible, don’t miss this talk.

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.

(Please note that this talk was originally scheduled for the June meeting). 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!

12 October 2019

1.30pm - German Immigration - Sue Gibbons, member and retired librarian at the Society of Genealogists in London

In Sue’s years of working at the SoG she has acquired enormous knowledge of sources on German immigration and about sources for researching your German ancestors.

3.30pm - TBA

14 December 2019

1.30pm - ‘Dear Pastor, I will be arriving at Liverpool Street Station on 11th January…’: The Help Given to Women by Women in the 1930s – Anette Jäger, historian

For several years Anette has been researching the stories of Christian refugees of Jewish descent. This second talk on her research is a compelling follow up to her first talk and focuses on the role of women in bringing refugees to London in the 1930s. A main source for her talk is information in letters found in the archives of St George’s German Lutheran Church in Alie Street in the East End of London.

3.30pm - Queen Victoria Seaman’s Rest, East India Dock Road and the German’s Seaman’s Mission in Tilbury Docks -- Revd Cameron Kirkwood and Revd Mark Moeller, Pastors

This talk about another aspect of life in London’s East End was given at St George’s German Lutheran Church last November and I am delighted to have them give the talk for us.

5.00pm - Christmas Social.

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