The Friends are shortlisted for the Ilucidare prize 2020

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The ILUCIDARE Consortium, the European Commission and Europa Nostra have announced the shortlisted projects for the 2020 and very first edition of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes within the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards. These projects are "outstanding examples of heritage-led innovation and international relations around Europe". Th...
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Centenary of the Bauhaus

Bauhaus08Oct09 cStefan OemischThe centenary of the foundation of the Bauhaus in Germany and its influence on design are reminders of the honesty of hand craft and the influence of mass production. Peter Jamieson, an architect and our Chairman, has been a member and an active supporter of SPAB (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) for many years. His article 'Craft, accuracy and production' appears on the SPAB website, click here.

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22nd September 2020: The Golden Age of Czech Cinema, 1960 -1970

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EVENT POSTPONED BECAUSE OF COVID-19. REVISED DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE The 1960s saw a general renewal of film culture worldwide. Among the many 'new waves' of the time, almost none was more important than that of Czech cinema: it was the one national voice from central and eastern Europe that made this episode of culture unique. A talk by...
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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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LECTURE POSTPONED: Czech Modernism

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EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE   An introduction to avant-garde design in architecture, engineering, furniture and interiors, its international influence and how it affected the development of modern architecture in Britain. A talk by Ivan Margolius on Tuesday 16th June 2020 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensingto...
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LECTURE 03.11.20: The Friends' Conservation & Heritage Preservation Projects

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Architect Peter Jamieson, Chairman, and the founders Barbara Peacock and Ian Kennaway will talk about the growth of The Friends' involvement and influence in helping to secure and conserve the rich heritage of the Czech lands.   Tuesday 3rd November 2020 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8...
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THE START OF AN EXTENSIVE REFURBISHMENT AT THE CHÂTEAU OF UHERČICE

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In 2011 The Friends of Czech Heritage secured funding to stop the collapse of the ceiling in this spectacular hall, among other projects that we have carried out there since 2008. The complex is a Renaissance château with Baroque and Neo-Classical modifications, comprising five courtyards including ceremonial, residential and agricultural areas, wa...
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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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Lecture 04.02.20 'From the village to the city: urbanisation in Slovakia 1896-1972'

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In his talk, Dr Lorman explored how Slovak culture was initially characterised by its rural quality and alienation from the beginnings of mass industrialisation and urbanisation in Hungary (exemplified by the 1896 millennial celebrations in Budapest). He examined how Slovak national identity was then substantially (but not entirely) transformed by ...
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