About Us

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Read about the founding and history of The Friends

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Image: aerial view of Třeboň used with the cooperation of Czech Tourism, photographer Libor Svaček


Please 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.


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The Friends' lecture in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, London, planned for November has been postponed because of a ministerial visit. The new date is 8th January at 6.30pm:

'Prague and Innsbruck: the cultural patronage of the Archduke Ferdinand II' by Caroline Cannon-Brookes.

Working holidays for 2019:

Červený Dvůr 25 May - 1 June and 1 - 8 June/ Vizovice Chateau 7 - 14 September/ Krásný Dvůr 14 - 21 September. For more information email:


NL19SMALLNewsletter Issue 19 out now

Our Projects: update/ What Volunteering Has Done for Me/ Raising Awareness and Funds/ 1968 Remenbered/ The Aristocracy of the Czech Lands in European Diplomacy/ John Tusa's Moravia/ Reviews/ Historic Theatres in the Czech Republic


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. Independence was achieved again in 1918.

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Images recalling the centenary of Czechoslovakia, left to right: an early version of the arms of Czechoslovakia (artwork © Shazz); the Czech declaration of independence on Wenceslas Square in October 1918; the imperial arms of Austria (artwork © Sodacan)

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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. ProjectsBoxSmall 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. Map base ©Lencer Email:


FriendsMedia2Download the list of projects where the Friends have helped here (2.64MB PDF)

Our address: 3 Yew Tree Cottage, The Street, Ripe, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6BD


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