The Friends of Germanic Studies
The Friends of Germanic Studies were established to promote those activities which were beyond the means of the Institute's slender budget, and now directly support research in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the German-speaking countries. Since they were established in 1986, the Friends have sponsored lecture series, special publications, visiting fellowships as well as studentships. In 2013-2014 the Friends are making available funds for up to two research studentships in any field of German studies; further details are available at http://www.igrs.sas.ac.uk/about-us/news/research-studentships-german-studies.
The Library holds a special place in the Friends' affection: grants have been made not only for the purchase of new books, but also for the restoration of many older and important volumes which, now once more accessible to readers, would have had to be withdrawn from use.
The current climate in the study of modern foreign languages means that institutes rely increasingly on the goodwill of their Friends, and the very significant contribution they make, to maintain the services and facilities upon which researchers depend.
The Friends meet annually in the spring, the event combining a short lecture on a topic of general interest, usually with an exhibition of some of the Library's treasures, and an opportunity to renew social contacts. In appreciation of their support, Friends are invited to special events (for example, the Bithell Memorial Lecture, the Miller Memorial Lecture, author readings and performances organised with the Globe Theatre, German Embassy and others), and receive complimentary copies of the annual Friends magazine and published lectures. Titles published in the Germanic publications series can be obtained, and conferences attended, at special rates.
Joining the Friends of Germanic Studies
You can join the Friends of Germanic Studies on an annual or lifetime basis.
Individuals may become Friends for as little as £20 per year (student rate:£10). Friends contributing £250 or more are styled Patrons.Corporate Friendship starts at £250 per year. Corporate Friends making a single payment of £1,000 or more are styled Corporate Patrons.
Tax-effective Giving. If you pay tax in the UK, Gift Aid is an easy way to increase the value of your gift, enabling us to reclaim tax at the basic rate (currently 25%) on the amount paid, at no extra cost to the donor. Companies taxed in the UK can claim relief on their donations.
The University of London is an Exempt Charity within the meaning of Schedule 2 of the Charities Act 1993 and as such is a charity within the meaning of Section 506(1) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act (ICTA) 1988.
For further information, please contact the Friends Administrator at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU (email: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: + 44 (0)20 7862 8966).
2013 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, 1 May 2013, 16.00-18.00
In the Court Room, University of London, Senate House
William Abbey (former Librarian of the Institute):
'The greatest dramatic genius ... since Shakspeare [sic]':
Kotzebue's Reign on the London Stage
By invitation only. RSVP by 19 April to email@example.com (tel: + 44 (0)20 7862 8966)
Chair: Lady Aldington, Dr phil
Administrator: Jane Lewin