Dedicated to reconciliation between the people of Britain and Dresden

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The Dresden Trust (DT) was founded in 1993 in response to a ‘Call from Dresden’ to help rebuild the city destroyed by Allied bombing in WW2.

With HRH the Duke of Kent as its Patron, the Trust raised over ÂŁ1m and created the Golden Orb and Cross, which stand on the cupola of the rebuilt Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) as a symbol of enduring friendship.

Dresden Orb and Cross


War and Peace: A Century of British-German Relations

The Dresden Trust will be coming together in collaboration with the National Army Museum (NAM) to explore Britain’s relationship with Germany.

On 16th November 2023, Daniel Cowling, Historian at NAM and author of Don’t Let’s Be Beastly to The Germans: The British Occupation of Germany 1945-49, and Angela Findlay, Trustee of The Dresden Trust and author of In My Grandfather’s Shadow: A story of war, trauma and the legacy of silence will host the first in a series of panel talks with authors and historians exploring Anglo-German relations.

They will be joined by Sinclair McKay, fellow Dresden Trust trustee and author of BERLIN and DRESDEN.  

What we do:

‱ The Dresden Trust Scholars Scheme sponsors British 6th form students to live with families and attend Dresden schools. It also facilitates German students to study at British schools
‱ The DT is developing a ‘Learning Path’ with the Frauenkirche, an interactive walking tour of historical sites for German school pupils
‱ The DT organises visits and cultural projects and talks and offers an Annual Postgraduate Research Bursary to maintain historical awareness and on-going reconciliation
‱ DT Trustees take part each February 13th in Dresden’s Commemoration of the destruction of the city
‱ The DT sponsored a new ‘green’ area of trees and seating in the city’s main square
‱ The Archive of the Dresden Trust has been located to the Dresden City Archive

Other news, events & articles

EVENT | In My Grandfather’s Shadow: How can we deal with a difficult past?

Angela Findlay, professional artist, writer,  lecturer and Trustee of The Dresden Trust, presents her recently published book based on the experiences of her Wehrmacht general grandfather who served on the Eastern Front and her German mother who fled Berlin as a child.

ARTICLE | Dresden's March of the Marionettes

by Sinclair McKay, author, literary critic, journalist and Trustee of The Dresden Trust whose book 'Dresden – The Fire And The Darkness' was published on the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the city. 


ARTICLE | Unselige Inseln? Mein seltsamer Abschied von Britannien nach mehr als vierzig Jahren

Professor RĂŒdiger Görner, Emeritus Professor at Queen Mary University of London and Trustee of The Dresden Trust shares his 'farewell to England' article recently published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

EVENT | Dresden commemorates 1945

Several commemoration events were held this year, including a lunch at the German Embassy in London where Trust Patron HRH The Duke of Kent and Trust Chairman Marcus Ferrar were guests by kind invitation of German Ambassador Miguel Berger. Read more here



Destruction, Renewal and post-war Reconciliation | The Dresden Trust Chairman, Marcus Ferrar, highlights the purpose and importance of the Trust in a talk at Dresden's Frauenkirche. Read more here

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