500 Years: German Protestants in Britain London, 7 September to 5 November 2017

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German Protestant congregations have existed in Britain for almost 500 years. Little known to the general public, these churches and their members have left a significant mark on British society and Anglo-German relations. From King George I to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from the German Chapel Royal to the Palatine refugees – the history of German Protestants in Britain is important, wide-ranging and captivating.

As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is celebrated across the world in 2017, this exhibition – organised by the German congregations in London – explores the history of German Protestants in Britain, from the 1520s to the present.

The exhibition takes place from 7 September to 5 November 2017 at St George’s German Lutheran Church London, the oldest surviving German church in Britain. It thus also offers an opportunity to visit this unique Grade II* listed building.

A series of events accompanies the exhibition, covering different facets of this 500-year history. View the programme here.

The exhibition takes place at St George’s German Lutheran Church, 55 Alie Street, London E1 8EB.

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The best way to reach the church is by public transport. St George’s is located 3 minutes from Aldgate East Underground station and 5 minutes from Aldgate Underground station. Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street stations are a 10 minute walk away.

Many buses also stop near the church. For further information, please check the Transport for London website.

Opening hours

The exhibition runs from 7 September to 5 November 2017.

Regular weekly opening hours are:

Wednesdays – 12 to 6pm
Saturdays and Sundays – 11 am to 5 pm

In addition, the exhibition will open on the following days:

Thursday, 7 September – 12-3pm

Friday, 8 September – 12-3pm

Tuesday, 31 October – 12-3pm

Additional visits outside opening hours may be arranged for groups upon request. Please contact the organisers.