About Us


Read about the founding and history of The Friends

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Image of the Château of Mnichovo Hradiště used with the cooperation of Czech Tourism. Photographer Ladislav Renner

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.


Friends' lecture in the Czech Embassy London, 6.30pm start:

5th November: 'Rudolf II, Collector and Patron of the Arts and Sciences' by Caroline Cannon-Brookes

Working holidays for 2019:

Červený Dvůr 25 May-1st June and 1st-8th June/ Vizovice Chateau 7th-14th September/ Krásný Dvůr 14th-21st September

For information email:


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Our Projects: update/ Rebuilding a Wall at the Château of Vizovice/ Historic Bohemia: The Friends of Czech Heritage Tour/ The Rebirth of the Abbey Church at Žďár nad Sázavou/ The Fish Ponds of South Bohemia/ Sarcophagus for a Queen/ Forthcoming Lectures/ Review

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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