THE ORIGINS OF THE RDA
Since 1947, Reading and the German city of Düsseldorf have had a special bond that originated in the then Mayor Phoebe Cusden’s determined effort to provide relief to the famished children of Düsseldorf in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. Phoebe Cusden visited Düsseldorf herself and, in 1948, six children from the city came to Reading for an extended stay with local families. A return visit followed, and a regular annual exchange of young people in both directions developed. Reading and Düsseldorf have been twinned since 1975.
For a more detailed account of the history and how it progressed throughout the years please click here...
WHAT DOES THE RDA DO TODAY, AND WHO'S INVOLVED?
The RDA is dedicated to maintaining and developing Reading's long association with Düsseldorf, and to raising awareness of the RDA and the remarkable work of Phoebe Cusden. The Association promotes community cohesion, peace and understanding through friendship with our sister city.
The RDA is run by a committee that meets approximately six times a year, with an AGM held in October. We are always looking for people interested in getting involved at committee level, so if you have an interest in the work of the RDA, the city of Düsseldorf or Germany generally and want to get involved, do get in touch.
BECOME A MEMBER
There are many reasons to join the RDA, from meeting people with a shared interest in the people, culture, language and other aspects of our twin town to being kept up to date about the events and activities run by the RDA. Not least, your membership both supports and entitles you to apply for our grants and bursaries offering to local Reading community groups who wish to embark on educational, community and cultural projects with our partners in Düsseldorf.
Find out what we've been doing recently. From marathon runs and concerts, to art events, work experience and church connections, find out more on our news page.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Reading Düsseldorf Association in 2017, we produced an education resource for primary schools (Key Stage 2 level). This is suitable for both Düsseldorf and Reading primary schools. Click here...