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Teplice nad Metují, 4th - 11th September 2021
Krásný Dvůr, 11th - 18th September 2021.

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ZOOM lecture 23/06/21: Adolf Loos in Pilsen - the Interiors

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23rd June 2021 at 18.00 UK time. One of the great pioneers of Modern architecture, Adolf Loos, between 1907 and 1932 enriched the architectural environment of Pilsen for affluent Jewish clients. They had in common not only commercial, social and family ties, but also a desire for lavish, impressive interiors which he unquestionably s...
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SUMMER OUTING - A tour of Salisbury Cathedral and Longford Castle on WEDNESDAY 28TH JULY

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The City of Salisbury lies in the Avon Valley at the confluence of five rivers. It is a medieval ‘new town’, being founded in 1220 when the construction of the new cathedral commenced. This was finished in a remarkably short time in 1258 and is therefore one of the most complete examples of Early English building in Britain. The tower and soaring s...
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ZOOM LECTURE 26/05/21: The Low-Beer Story behind Schindler's List and Villa Tugendhat in the Czech Republic

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A talk by Daniel Low-Beer, a grandson whose surviving relatives never returned to their homeland Before the Munich Agreement and the Nazi horrors descended on Czechoslovakia, Jews were central to the cultural and economic life of Brno. The Low-Beers were industrialists, textile producers, diplomats, movers and shakers, who were building the new rep...
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SUMMER OUTING: Apsley House, Wellington Arch, Belgravia on WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY 2021

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A SPECIAL TOUR OF SOME OF LONDON'S MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS 10.30am, morning: Apsley House and Wellington Arch. 2.30pm Walking tour by Anne-Marie Craven, to include the following: - History of the Royal Parks and the developments within Hyde Park including the Serpentine, Rotten Row and Decimus Burton’s work.- Hyde Park Corner, discussion of the speci...
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ZOOM LECTURE 21/04/21: Imperial Baroque, Vienna and Prague, by Caroline Cannon-Brookes

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Following the deadly scourge of plague in 1679 and the relief of the Turkish Siege in 1683 the Viennese, with improved security, embarked on a great building programme which would provide visible proof of triumphant Catholicism and the Imperial Ideal. Two important Central European architects emerged at this time, Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach ...
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ZOOM LECTURE 04/03/2021 at 6pm: Great Houses of Bohemia and Moravia by Barbara Peacock

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An online lecture by Barbara Peacock, one of the founders of The Friends of Czech Heritage, was held on Thursday 4th March 2021. The Czech lands have a magnificent architectural legacy with one of the densest concentrations of great houses in Europe. This talk explored the development of the great house (zámek) from late mediaeval times through the...
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LECTURE 17/02/2021 : East goes East - John East on 20th-century buildings in the Czech lands

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John East of the 20th Century Society gave a fascinating talk about buildings constructed in the Czech and Slovak lands during the 20th century. The wealth of modern buildings dating from the 1920s and 30s in particular, was a revelation and demonstrated the confidence of the young Czechoslovak state as it developed its new identity. Though this pe...
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Lecture: 'From the village to the city: urbanisation in Slovakia, 1896-1972' by Dr. Lorman on 4th February 2020 in the Embassy of the Czech Republic

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FROM THE VILLAGE TO THE CITY : URBANISATION IN SLOVAKIA   On 4th February 2020 Dr. Thomas Lorman of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies gave a very interesting talk to The Friends on the historical process of urbanisation in Slovakia. Photograph from left to right: Peter Jamieson, Chairman FOCH; Dr. Thomas Lorman, Central Euro...
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WORKING PARTIES OF 2019

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The Friends held two very productive working parties at Červený Dvůr in South Bohemia at the end of May and beginning of June. The numbers were small but sometimes this can be an advantage, especially when doing semi-skilled tasks, as we were. The project was centred around the reconstruction of the two gatehouses, which formerly guarded the main c...
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19.06.19 THE FRIENDS' VISIT TO WINCHESTER

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The first stop was the Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty, where we first viewed the Chapel with its remarkably intact Norman architecture. After coffee sitting outside the Hundred Men’s Hall the group enjoyed a tour of the Great Hall of the Hospital led by Barbara Peacock, one of the founders of The Friends. Lunch was at The Bell ...
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