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LECTURE 08.10.24: THE CZECH CONNECTION

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A talk by Caroline Cannon-Brookes on Tuesday 8th October at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic,26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. This illustrated talk will explore a range of historic links between Britain and Bohemia and their varying impacts. Amongst the topics included will be John Wycliffe and Jan Huss; Baron Waldstein’s ...

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Working Party in Brněnec in September 2024 - FULLY BOOKED

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Brněnec is a village in the Pardubice Region. The Low-Beer family founded a textile-producing company here more than 200 years ago. The factory was confiscated after the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany in 1938 and in 1944 Oskar Schindler took it over. What happened next was the basis for Schindler's Ark, the historical novel by Thomas ...

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Working Party in Teplice nad Metují in August and September - FULLY BOOKED

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EVENT FULLY BOOKED This is taking place from Sunday 25 August - Sunday 1 September. The resort town of Teplice nad Metují is situated in rolling, forested country of northern Bohemia near the Czech border with Poland. The Baroque Church of the Virgin Mary has a historic hermitage attached to it, which is being painstakingly restored by a small loca...

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LECTURE 24.06.24: CZECH FUNCTIONALISM 1918-1938

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Professor Vladimír Šlapeta’s lecture in the Czech Embassy on 'Czech Functionalism' in the inter-war period, was a revelation. His unrivalled command of his subject gave the audience a privileged view of the astounding creativity of the Czechoslovak nation during this period. Image, from left to right: Ivan Margolius (architectural historian), Sir J...

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MAY 2024: WORKING PARTY IN MORAVIA

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The Friends held a very successful volunteer working party at the Abbey Church at Žďár nad Sázavou in Moravia in late May when they were joined by members of the church. We accomplished two tasks. The first was the removal of the rotten pine shingle capping on the boundary of the Lower Cemetery (which was in fact never used for burials), designed b...

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LECTURE 30.04.24: The Work of Czech and Slovak Ėmigré Architects in Britain

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A Talk by John East, 30th April 2024, in the Czech Embassy, London. John East of the 20th Century Society gave The Friends a fascinating insight into the interaction of pre-War European architectural Modernism with British architecture of the same period and in particular the contribution of Czech émigré architects. Image: on the left is John East ...

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VIDEO: THE EUROPA NOSTRA UK WEBINAR ABOUT THE FRIENDS - 28.03.2024

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This is one of a series of talks in which Europa Nostra features award-winning projects and heritage community initiatives that are of particular interest to the UK. In this recording from 28th March 2024, you can hear our Chairman, Peter Jamieson, and Co-founder, Barbara Peacock, tell us about the beginnings of this charity and the impact they hav...

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SPRING OUTING 16.04.24: A Guided Tour of Legal London

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All barristers must belong to one of the four Inns of Court, all of which are in the heart of London where the English legal system was developed. The tour visited all four of the Inns of Court, all of which are in the heart of London where the English legal system was developed. The weather was bright and sunny with gusts of wind and occasional li...

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LECTURE 13.02.24: The Awakening of the Czech National Consciousness

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A talk by Caroline Cannon-Brookes on Tuesday 13th February 2024 in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. The 1905 Baedeker’s guide to Austria-Hungary states in its historical introduction “The endeavours of the Habsburgs assisted by the Jesuits, who were practically all powerful in Bohemia and Moravia, t...

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LECTURE 05.12.23: A Fresh Look at the Czech New Wave

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...and some of the most beautiful films in modern cinema history A talk by Mark Le Fanu on Tuesday 5th December 2023 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. Booking here. Throughout the decade of the 1960s, Czechoslovakia released (and occasionally held back for political reasons) some of the ...

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