Cheltenham German Club

For everyone interested in German language and culture


                                         PROGRAMME FOR THE SEASON 2017-2018

All the dates below are Friday evening meetings at Parmoor House, Lypiatt Terrace.           

Please note that  Parmoor House is set back from the road in a terrace of privately owned houses.  The parking immediately in front of the terrace is for residents only.  There is limited parking in front of Parmoor House ONLY for those with mobility problems.

You may find spaces in Lypiatt Road or in the streets nearby. But it can be a problem and you do need to allow time to find a place. 

At Parmoor House our meeting room is on the ground floor.  There is a ladies' cloakroom on the ground floor and the men's is on the first floor.

          Parmoor House,  13 Lypiatt Terrace,  Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham,  GL50 2SX

                                                                                                        PARMOOR HOUSE

We meet from 7:00 pm onwards for a sociable drink and chat in German and then after a welcome from our Chair, Bärbel, the lecture begins  at 7:30 pm.  Usually the speakers talk for about 45 minutes or so and this is followed by questions and discussion.

Afterwards, members and guests are free to chat, meet the speaker and have another drink.


 The topics and speakers are set out below. 

 Talks are in German unless stated otherwise.


                                                    PROGRAMME FOR 2017-2018




15. September 2017


Dr David Clarke

Senior Lecturer in German

Bath University


Die Ökonomie im Nationalsozialismus



13. Oktober


Nick Nelson

Head of History of Art

Cheltenham College



Caspar David Friedrich

(in English)


17. November



Philip Cole

Former Head of English and Irish translation

European Parliament



Burgen im deutschsprachigen Raum



08. Dezember






Mitglieder lesen Gedichte und


kleines Büffett



19. Januar





Dr Debbie Pinfold

Dozentin für Germanistik

an der Universität Bristol


Erinnerungskultur der ehemaligen DDR


23. Februar



Dr Wolf Burchard

Furniture Research Curator

National Trust England


Der Wiederaufbau des Berliner Schlosses und des Humboldt Forums

Above cancelled. Dr Burchard apologises. We will rearrange a date for this talk.

Film: Willkommen bei den Hartmanns (2016)


23. März



Mike Phillips

Certificate in History of Art

University of Kent


The Bauhaus - The most important Art College of the 20th Century - Myths, Reality and Influence

(in English)

See below


20. April




Dr Elystan Griffiths

Senior Lecturer

German Department, Birmingham University


Sophie von La Roche (1730-1807) und ihre Leserschaften



11. Mai









Talk Friday 23 March


The Bauhaus (in English)


Many of us have heard of the Bauhaus art school in Germany. If you have not heard of it but have ever shopped in Habitat or IKEA or been to New York or Tel Aviv then it’s part of your world.


Although it existed for only a relatively short time it was by far “...the most famous art school of the 20th century” and  “ has had an enormous influence on art education in the Western world and on visual creativity in general..” (Oxford dictionary of Art and Artists)


Although it is well known many of us would probably admit to a rather fuzzy idea of what it was all about. Something about minimalism and unembellished architecture perhaps. Although it’s an overused word the Bauhaus can truly be said to be “iconic”. It’s a complex subject but Mike will explore the realities of how it was set up and run; the influences that led to its creation; how it reflected and was affected by German politics between the wars; and maybe explode some myths and discuss how it has influenced art education and our world today.