Elizabeth of Denmark – a Brandeburgian electress in the conflict for creed and power

Arsenal, upper floor

7 July 2017 – 25 June 2018

In connection with the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation the City History Museum of Spandau is showing an exhibition, which allows an insight into the fateful life of the Brandenburgian electress Elizabeth of Denmark (1485-1555). In 1527 she confessed to lutheranism, against the will of elector Joachim I. This lead to a breach in the relation between her and her husband, who was a strong opponent to the new belief. That is why one year later she fled from Berlin to her uncle, the Elector of Saxony, who himself defended Luther and his ideas against the catholic accusations. Henceforth she lived mainly in Torgau and Wittenberg – where she often had contact to Martin Luther – and from 1536 on in a former monastery of the Brothers of St. Anthony in Lichtenburg near Prettin. It was only after 17 years and long after the death of Joachim I., that Elizabeth returned to the Margraviate of Brandenburg and took her dower at the castle of Spandau, where she lived until shortly before her death in 1555.

The Ruhleben Camp

Old Barracks, ground floor

29 November 2017 – 2 April 2018

Students of the Carl-Friedrich-von-Siemens-Gymnasiums together with the Youth History Workshop of Spandau researched the almost forgotten history of the internment camp for British civilian persons during the First World War at Ruhleben. From 1914 until 1918 British men in the age between 17 and 55 years were imprisoned there as wartime enemies. The exhibition gives an interesting insight into the everyday live at Ruhleben Camp, the living situation of the internees and the specific culture that developed under the “Ruhleben System”.  Amongst others the project was supported by the Archive of the City History Museum of Spandau as well as the University of Leeds, England.







Unveiled. Berlin and its Monuments

Old Barracks, ground floor

22 May 2017 – 11 February 2018

The accompanying special exhibition to “Unveiled. Berlin and its Monuments” is conceived as an in-depth presentation. It portrays monument policy in Berlin over the course of the past 300 years based on historical documents, drafts, illustrations, current reports from the media and selected examples. The exhibition starts with current debates regarding monuments and traces the history of Berlin’s monuments back to the 18th century.

Bild: Kurfürstin Elisabeth von Brandenburg, um 1620. Heinrich Bollandt zugeschrieben. Universitätsbibliothek Bayreuth (Kanzleibibliothek) / Inv. Nr. Pict. 26.
Ruhleben Camp
Emperor Wilhelm National Monument, picture: Citadel Berlin