About the Czech Republic
The 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 castles that are such a dramatic feature of the landscape, reflecting Bohemia's power and influence in the Middle Ages, and the largest concentration of great houses and palaces in Europe, built by Renaissance magnates and the wealthy nobility of the Habsburg Empire.
What The Friends of Czech Heritage Do
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. Properties may be privately owned, or may belong to the State or a local municipality, please see the map for locations where we have been active.
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.
Read about the founding and history of The Friends:
You may download the list of projects where the Friends have helped:
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Events, Lectures and Working Parties
The Friends organise regular events and lectures, as well as working parties.
Zoom meeting at 6pm (UK time) on Wednesday 21st April: 'Imperial Baroque, Vienna and Prague' by Caroline Cannon-Brookes. Two important Central European architects emerged in the late 17th century, Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach and Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt whose designs for churches and palaces commissioned by the nobility of Bohemia, Moravia and Vienna have left their mark as we see today. Details here.
Zoom meeting at 6pm (UK time) on Wednesday 26th May: 'The Real Story of the Villa Tugendhat and Schindler's Ark: the Legacy of the Low-Beer Family in the Czech Republuic'. A talk by Daniel Low-Beer, a grandson whose surviving relatives never returned to the homeland. Details here.
Our Summer Outing on 14th July 2021 is a special tour of some of London's most famous landmarks - Apsley House, the Wellington Arch, Belgravia. Details here.
To view our lecture 'Great Houses of Bohemia and Moravia' by Barbara Peacock please click here.
Some of our lectures have been postponed until further notice but our working holidays in 2021 will be taking place in locations in Bohemia and Moravia and you can find out more about these here.
Please buy the book 'Age of Storms' by Peter Kysel, a memoir of life in 20th-century Czechoslovakia.
A Short Video about Our Work
Europa Nostra Awards Ceremony - Ilucidare Special Prize
Dear Friends and Supporters,
As many of you will know, the Europa Nostra Awards Ceremony took place on 10th November 2020 and although we didn't win a prize, it was nevertheless a huge achievement to be up there amongst the 'best' of Europe. To be one of only three in our category was a great success.
We are proud of our work and grateful to all our supporters who made it possible for our efforts to be noticed and appreciated.
This marks a very important stage in our development.
With grateful thanks to you all. Best regards,
Peter Jamieson, Chairman
Our Newsletter is a wide-ranging publication that appears twice a year, click here for free downloads.
Newsletter Issue 24 is out now and includes articles on: Our Projects/ The ‘Kynžvart Codex’, Metternich and Homage to Those Who Inspire Us/ How to Deal with a Complicated History - Is Brno and its Festival a Good Example?/ Brexit and Honour - from the Heart of Europe/ Modern Houses in the Czech Lands/ Tours to Bohemia after the Velvet Revolution/ Jan Zrzavý - How Not to Honour the Artist/ Irena Sedlecka, a Personal Tribute.
Click here to read selected articles from our Newsletters past and current.