CZECH AWARD FOR ONE OF OUR FOUNDERS
The 'patrimonium pro futuro' award has been given annually since 2013 by the NPÚ, the Czech National Heritage Institute, to highlight the most significant achievements in heritage care, and to thank those who made them possible through their time, effort, investment and financial contribution. There are four categories of awards as well as special prizes given by the Director of the NPÚ, Naděžda Goryczková.
Ian Kennaway, one of the founders of The Friends of Czech Heritage, received the Heritage Personality of the Year award, presented to him at a special ceremony held at the Château of Hluboká on 3rd October 2017. With over thirty years' experience at the National Trust, he is one the most important champions of Czech historic buildings and gardens and their preservation. Since the charity The Friends of Czech Heritage was established ten years ago, it has been providing both financial and practical support to Czech historic buildings, gardens and parks.
Image above: Naděžda Goryczková on the left presents Ian Kennaway with the award.
As a director at the UK National Trust Ian first established links with the NPÚ immediately after the Velvet Revolution in December 1989 and invited the Czech heritage workers to share their experiences at an international conference in York. The National Trust visited South Bohemia a year later, cementing Ian's interest and admiration for the architectural gems and the natural beauty of Czech lands. Since then Czech heritage workers have enjoyed numerous stays and study periods at NT properties in the UK, provided much-needed expertise and experience in many aspects of care for historic properties, especially the presentation of historic interiors and fittings in State-owned castles and châteaux.
Image right: ceremonial and château traditions formed part of the day of the awards.
By creating the Friends of Czech Heritage in 2007 together with Barbara Peacock, Ian Kennaway has ensured a continuous support for Czech heritage, as well as establishing summer working parties of British volunteers who spend several weeks helping with the upkeep of many endangered sites.
In recognition of his lifetime work in June 2017 he was given the Artis Bohemiae Amicis award by Daniel Herman, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic.
Images courtesy of the NPÚ