Heriot Watt University

Exhibition: Germans in Britain


There’s more to British-German relations than war and football.

Explore the rich and fascinating history of German migrants to Britain in a new pop-up exhibition.

Germans have had an immense impact on British life over the centuries. Find out how British sport, science, banks, business, music, monarchs, art and design have all been shaped by their German connections.

GiBGERMANS IN BRITAIN is a touring exhibition created by the Migration Museum Project.

The exhibition has been brought to Scotland on the initiative of Heriot-Watt’s Intercultural Research Centre with the generous support of the German Consulate-General Edinburgh, the National Records of Scotland and the University of Aberdeen.

From 6 July until 7 August 2015 it could be seen at National Records of Scotland,
General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY.  

The exhibition was officially opened with an event hosted by the Consulate-General of Germany in Edinburgh at 6-8pm on Monday, 6 July 2015. On Tuesday 21 July 2015 at 2-3pm, the IRC’s Prof. Ullrich Kockel gave a public lecture on "German Roots and Routes in Contemporary Britain". Prof. Ullrich Kockel's opening talk, which summarised key points of his lecture, is available here.

On Friday, 7 August 2015, Florian Kaplick closed the exhibition with a full-length performance of Kurt Schwitters' “Ursonate”, of which he had performed a sample on the exhibition’s opening night.


From 14 August until 24 September, the exhibition can be seen at the Sir Duncan Rice Library in Aberdeen.


For further venues, see the Migration Museum website.

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