Object Of The Week : O is for Offenburg

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Whilst the Museum is closed and our collections unable to be seen by visitors, we have created a weekly virtual museum with an Object of the Week feature from our collections.

Object of the Week : O is for Offenburg

Offenburg is one of the twin towns with Elstree and Borehamwood, the other being Fontenay-aux-Roses in France.

Offenburg lies east of Strasbourg, near the Rhine Valley and Black Forest. Nice gateaux!  The name is literally translated as ‘Open Castle’ and in the 18th Century, belonged to Austria. More information and photos can be found at the official twin town website:  Betta standing for Borehamwood and Elstree Twin Town Association.

The Twin Town Association has donated many items to the Museum over the years, including these seen here: shot glasses showing the heraldic castle and the Offenburg flag; a Stadt Shield (City) and a framed photograph of a statue.  Betta was formed in 1982 but the town twinning movement has been going since 1945, shortly after World War II ended, on the premise that Europe should never again be torn apart by war.  The rationale behind town twinning is the pairing of towns or cities from geographically distinct areas, in order to foster human contact and share cultural links. It also provides an opportunity to share problems, exchange views and understand different viewpoints on any issue where there is shared interest or concern.

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