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The Friends' Summer Outing to Winchester

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Wednesday 19th June 2019. All welcome to book Winchester is one of the most historic of England’s cathedral cities. It was the capital Wessex and the capital of England from 829 to William the Conqueror. In the heart of the city is the magnificent cathedral, the longest in England and Europe, and the second oldest in England. It was begun soon afte...
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Emperor Rudolf II Collector & Patron of the Arts & Sciences 05/11/19

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Under Rudolf II Prague again became the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Following the example of his Habsburg ancestors, he assembled an exceptional collection of works of art for which the imperial palace on the Hradčany was adapted. He patronised painters, sculptors, goldsmiths who flocked to Prague, and also men of learning including Tycho Bra...
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The Royal Collection in Three Dimensions: Adventures of a Sculpture Cataloguer 14/05/19

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Sir Jonathan Marsden gave a talk at the  Embassy of the Czech Republic on Tuesday 14th May 2019 , entertaining the guests with stories from behind  the scenes of the Royal Sculpture Collection.  He presented some of the lessons learned from working on a catalogue raisonné of European sculpture in the Royal Collection to be published ...
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Britain and Bohemia in the Fifteenth Century: The English Struggle Against the Hussite Movement

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FRIENDS' LECTURE: BRITAIN AND BOHEMIA IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY On 5th March 2019 Dr. Mark Whelan, an historian of late medieval and early modern Germany and Central Europe who is currently working at King’s College, London, gave a lecture explaining how and why the English kings and senior clerics became involved in the early-fifteenth-century stru...
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The Friends' working party at Vizovice in Moravia, September 2018

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The project that we undertook at the Château of Vizovice in the week 8 - 15 September consisted of taking down an unstable brick boundary wall in the park, which had been rebuilt before the Velvet Revolution. It was set on a stone base, which had also collapsed in places. We cleaned all the bricks ready for reuse and rebuilt sections of the stone b...
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Friends' Lecture: A Celebration of Czechoslovak Culture in Wartime Britain - An Illustrated Talk by Jana Buresova

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A CELEBRATION OF CZECHOSLOVAK CULTURE IN WARTIME BRITAIN On 9th October 2018 Dr. Jana Burešová of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies at the University of London gave a talk at the Czech Embassy on the ways in which both Czech and German-speaking exiles from Czechoslovakia during the Second World War acted to promote knowledge...
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Friends' Lecture - Prague and Innsbruck: the cultural patronage of the Archduke Ferdinand II. A lecture by Caroline Cannon-Brookes

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On 8th January 2019 the art historian Caroline Cannon-Brookes gave a fascinating lecture in the Czech Embassy, London, about the life of Habsburg Archduke Ferdinand II (1529- 1595) and the collections amassed by him. Born the second son of the future Emperor Ferdinand I and Anne of Bohemia, he was Regent of Bohemia for twenty years in the middle of...
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FRIENDS' WORKING PARTY The historic mill at Polnička, Žďár nad Sázavou

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The full extent of this project became apparent only as the work proceeded. We knew we were to clean out a disused mill and our combined team of Czech and UK volunteers spent a week clearing dirt and rubbish, which had lain undisturbed since the mill was last used in 1957. There was a tragic tale as the last miller was arrested and imprisoned by th...
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Working Party in Žďár nad Sázavou

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There was local publicity in  Žďár nad Sázavou about our recent working party in June. The front cover of this newpaper has the caption 'The British on their knees. They're fixing monuments'.
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The Friends' summer outing to Eltham Palace

On Thursday 7th June 2018 after we met in the morning in the Marmaris Café, Chris Sumner, a landscape historian, took us on a guided tour of the Well Hall Pleasaunce opposite the café. Well Hall Pleasaunce was opened as a public garden jn 1933 and contains a rectangular moated island, the site of the long-demolished Well Hall, home in the 1520s of ...
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