About 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 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

061218CzechMapLayers cLencerSMALLWe 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:

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You may download the list of projects where the Friends have helped:

pdfFriends of Czech Heritage Brochure(2.58 MB)

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Events, Lectures and Working Parties

EventsCompoNov2015FlatSmallThe Friends organise regular events and lectures, as well as working parties. Lectures are held in the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London:

Working Parties in 2022: Červený Dvůr first week 21-28 May, second week 28 May-4 June /Žďár nad Sázavou 4-11 June. Click on each location name for more details.

Wednesday 22nd June 2022: Outing to Tilbury and Bata Heritage. The Bata Shoe company, one of Czechoslovakia’s most successful companies, founded a satellite factory and a garden city at East Tilbury beside the Thames. Details here.

Wednesday 13th July 2022: Summer Outing to Rousham and Chastleton. Both are exceptional houses set in celebrated gardens, both have remained in the ownership of the same families for nearly 400 years. Chastleton was acquired by the National Trust in 1991. Details here (please scroll down).

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 26 is out now and includes articles on: Our Projects/ Eva Jiřičná, a Patron of The Friends, receives a Silver Medal from the Czech State/ Bells of Peace for Europe/ From Legend to Reality: The Bees of Bohemia/ The Ještěd Television Tower and Hotel/ Villa Haas, Brno, 1928 - What Happened to the Family/ 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