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. Lectures are held in the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London, begiining at 6.30pm:
The lecture planned for Tuesday 15th November has been moved to Tuesday 7th February 2023: 'Czech Modernism' - an introduction to avant-garde design in architecture, engineering, furniture and interiors, its international influence and how it affected the development of modern architecture in Britain by Ivan Margolius. Booking here.
Tuesday 28th March 2023: Richard Bassett, former Times correspondent in Eastern Europe and author of the widely acclaimed Last Days in Old Europe reflects on more than forty years of association with the Czech lands. Booking here.
A Short Video about Our Work
Our Newsletter is a wide-ranging publication that appears twice a year, click here for free downloads.
Newsletter Issue 28 is out now: Our Projects/ Pacov Synagogue Has a New Roof/ Newness from the Ruins of Schindler’s Ark/ A Forgotten Monument in the Border Lands/ The Loss of the Country House and Its People as experienced in the Czech Republic and Great Britain/ Largillière’s Portrait of Jan Michal Špork at Kuks/ Who Owns Czech Castles: A Guide to the development of ownership of historic houses in the Czech lands since 1918/ Jan Kaplický - 'For the Future and For Beauty' / Reviews/ Events
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