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CompoWeb270520Selected projects, clockwise from top left: Jaroměřice © NPÚ/ Maria Anna von Habsburg, Děčín © NPÚ/ Karlštejn © L. Kalista/ Banqueting Hall, Uherčice © NPÚ, Slavíček/ Obelisk, Uherčice © FoCH/ Collalto Portrait © NPÚ/ Crown, Kladruby © FoCH/ Český Krumlov © NPÚ/ Working party, Teplice nad Metují © M. Steibelt/ St. Nicholas', Petrovice © MAS Labské Skály/ St. James's, Bedřichův Světec © Hadonos


EN Bodies LineThese projects are "outstanding examples of heritage-led innovation and international relations around Europe". The Friends of Czech Heritage charity is one of three shortlisted examples in the heritage-led diplomacy section. Video here.

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WebsiteStatementLayersFlatPlease help our work in Červený Dvůr in South Bohemia, raising funds for a family therapy unit in the sanatorium.

Please buy the book 'Age of Storms' by Peter Kysel, a memoir of life in 20th-century Czechoslovakia.


EventsCompoNov2015FlatSmallThe Friends' lectures take place at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, London Subject to Covid 19 regulations

22nd September: POSTPONED - NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED The Golden Age of Czech Cinema, 1960-1970. A talk by Mark Le Fanu, a film historian based at UCL. /3rd November: The Friends' Conservation & Heritage Preservation Projects: architect Peter Jamieson and the charity's founders talk about the growth of The Friends' work.

Working Holidays in 2021 - These will be taking place in locations in Bohemia and Moravia. Details here

Issue20CoverSmallNewsletter Issue 23 out now

Our Projects/ 'The Slave Labour of Architects and Technicians in Czechoslovakia'/ 'From Chronicles to Plague Columns: the Black Death in Bohemia'/ Czech Silesia - 'Who Decides What my Pluralistic and Questionable Identity will Be'/ Where Have All the Treasures Gone?/ Reviews / Forthcoming Lectures/ click here to read selected articles from our Newsletters past and current


home3The Czech Republic, situated in the heart of Europe, and comprising the historic regions of Bohemia, Moravia and Czech Silesia has a cultural legacy of international significance, with twelve UNESCO-listed sites. This small country has the largest concentration of great houses and palaces in Europe, built by Czech Renaissance magnates and the wealthy nobility of the Habsburg Empire, while the castles that are such a dramatic feature of the landscape reflect Bohemia's power and influence in the Middle Ages.

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We are able to give small grants to a variety of projects and welcome applications from owners of historic buildings, gardens and parks in the Czech Republic. See the map for our projects to date.  These can be privately owned, or may belong to the State or local municipality. Please tell us about the cultural, historical and educational importance of your property, and the extent of public access. Outline what funds you need and what you would wish to do with the help or money. Grants are given subject to certain conditions, which we can be sent on request. Download the list of projects where the Friends have helped here (2.64MB PDF). Map base ©Lencer

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