The Institut für Fränkische Landesgeschichte (IFLG) (Institute for Franconian Regional History) was founded in February 2017 through a cooperation agreement between the universities of Bayreuth and Bamberg. It collates regional historical research on Franconian topics with a focus on Upper Franconia. The staff members teach at both universities, and their scholarly activities focus on cross-epochal and interdisciplinary perspectives as well as European and global networks in Franconian history. The institute also maintains an intensive dialogue with stakeholders in regional and local historical work as well as with an interested public.
The institute is based at Thurnau Castle, where it uses the premises in the north wing, which was built in the 15th century and extensively restored between 2017 and 2019.
The IFLG is being financed in a start-up phase with funds from the Oberfrankenstiftung (Upper Franconia Trust).