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THE FRIENDS' SUMMER OUTING TO ELTHAM PALACE

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Thursday 7th June 2018 at 10.30am Participants find their own way to the Marmaris Café, 144 Well Hall Rd, London SE9 6SN. A detailed programme will be sent to participants. The programme includes guided tours of Well Hall Pleasaunce Garden, Eltham Palace interiors and Eltham Lodge. Tea and biscuits are included after the tour of Eltham Lodge. ...
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Tour Historic Bohemia - 24th September to 3rd October 2018

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Organised by The Friends, this is a unique opportunity to visit top historic sites in Bohemia and to meet the experts who look after them. Specialists from the NPÚ, the Czech National Heritage Institute, and others - will accompany you to Strahov Abbey, the Palace Gardens below Prague Castle, Konopiště Castle, the Château of Krásný Dvůr, Karlštejn ...
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Dvořák’s less familiar career: networking in the salons of Prague and the long road to operatic success

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A lecture by Jan Smaczny, writer and broadcaster on Tuesday 29th May 2018 at 6.30 pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. £15 including a glass of wine. Online booking: www.czechfriends.net Although Dvořák is unarguably the best-known composer from the Czech lands, his fame rests largely on music fro...
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Lecture by our Chairman, London, in March 2018

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THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANCIENT BUILDINGS Our Chairman Peter Jamieson is giving a talk in the 2018 Spring Lecture Series: 'Conservation in a Far-away Country: Responding to a Turbulent Past' , date changed to Tuesday 27th March due to severe weather. The SPAB website explains: "Founded in 2007, the Friends of Czech Heritage brings togethe...
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Friends' Lecture: Baroque Castle Theatres in the Czech Lands

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LECTURE ON 30TH JANUARY 2018 As our first event in the newly refurbished Czech Embassy, Daniel Spička, an architect by training who has been much involved in restoration work in the Czech Republic, gave a very well illustrated talk on the six restored Baroque-style castle theatres that have survived out of the 41 built between 1700 and 1850. After ...
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UK National Trust advertises The Friends' Working Holidays for 2018

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November 2017 - The Friends were pleased to see the Mauricovna at Červený Dvůr as the image on the opening web page of the UK National Trust's Overseas Working Holidays for 2018. Photograph by Amber Cloughton, participant in 2016. In the coming year The Friends are organising three working holidays: -Žďár nad Sázavou, the site of the UNESCO pilgrim...
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Lecture in London by Christine Sitwell

The Friends were entertained on Thursday evening 26th October at the Embassy of Slovakia by Christine Sitwell, who gave a very interesting talk about the the relationship between the National Trust and the National Heritage Institute of the Czech Republic. Since the Velvet Revolution the two organisations have exchanged delegations, which has helpe...
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Working Holiday at Krásný Dvůr 2017

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The Friends of Czech Heritage again led volunteering to restore the park at the Château of Krásný Dvůr in North Bohemia. This is the second year the Friends have organised a week-long working party in this historic park, finishing on Friday 15th September. This year the group worked on uncovering the water supply to the Chinese pavilion, ...
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Cultural Connections - The National Trust visits the Czech Republic

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Thursday 26th October 2017 at 6.30p in the Embassy of Slovakia, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. Christine Sitwell talks about the programme between the National Trust and the NPÚ (the Czech National Heritage Institute) whose aims include exchanging examples of good practice, sharing experiences, broadening staff horizons, gaining objec...
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Friends' Working Holiday at Červeny Dvůr 2017

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June 2017 - Two parties of volunteers from the UK have been completing the work on the ‘Beaver Cellar’ which is associated with the ‘Mauricovna’ or watchman’s cottage, seen in the distance. Both are important features in the English landscape park at Červeny Dvůr in Southern Bohemia. These were the final working parties before the restoration is co...
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