Ian Kennaway has been awarded the prize 'Artis Bohemiae Amicis' for those who have given significant support to Czech arts and cultural heritage. Culture Minister Daniel Herman said: "No foreign expert has done so much to preserve our aristocratic residences, including their collections and parks, as Mr. Kennaway, who has spent years working absolutely unselfishly and without reward."
Image, left, shows the Culture Minister on the left with Ian Kennaway. Copyright I. Truxová.
Ian Kennaway was Director of the Regions for The National Trust in the 1990s. After the collapse of the communist regime in the Czech Republic in 1989 he contacted professional conservation workers in the Czech lands with the opportunity to share experience and expertise of the care of historical buildings and their collections. In 2007 he founded the Friends of Czech Heritage with art historian Barbara Peacock.
Image, right, courtesy of Linda Ourodová, showing Ian Kennaway in the centre, surrounded by Czech National Heritage Institute staff and friends. Image below, Culture Minister Daniel Herman on the left, with Ian Kennaway at the award ceremony, as shown on the website of the Christian and Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party (KDU–ČSL).
Ian Kennaway also pioneered and established professional cooperation between British experts and Czech heritage workers in charge of historic parks and gardens in the Czech Republic. The presentation ceremony was held in the Ministry of Culture, the Nostic Palace in Malá Strana, Prague. He said "it has been an enormous pleasure from start to the present, and so rewarding, to have been working with such delightful and enthusiastic people in a country that is so rich in outstanding historic treasures."
A recent recipient of the prize was Jiří Bělohlavek, former Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
A report about the award in Czech is available here.
Image courtesy of Linda Ourodová, showing Ian Kennaway in the centre, surrounded by Czech National Heritage Institute staff and friends