CHÂTEAU OF ČEČOVICE CELEBRATES ANOTHER SUCCESS

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Two years ago The Friends and the Ministry of Culture contributed towards the restoration of a ceiling in the east wing. With the help of volunteers, generous donors and the village of Čečovice, the château has now acquired a new gate, just in time for the fundraising summer music festival on 26th August 2017. Craftsman Michal Cafour...
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An Award for One of Our Founders

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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 absolu...
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Žďár nad Sázavou

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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME Following The Friends' working party in June last year, we were pleased to receive summertime photographs of the Lower Cemetery at Žďár nad Sázavou from Zbyněk Vintr, who managed the project there. The enclosure, designed built by the famous Baroque architect J. B. Santini-Aichel, was in fact never used for bur...
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VLASTA MAGAZINE FEATURES ONE OF OUR FOUNDERS

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July 2017 - Barbara Peacock was interviewed recently for the very popular Czech women's magazine 'Vlasta': as you can see, many of our projects were highlighted through a large selection of photographs. Barbara was photographed in the Jan Hus Church in Smíchov, Prague, one of The Friends' current projects. Czech version here: https://www.facebook.c...
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Cultural Connections - The National Trust visits the Czech Republic

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Thursday 26th October 2017 at 6.30p in the Embassy of Slovakia, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. Christine Sitwell talks about the programme between the National Trust and the NPÚ (the Czech National Heritage Institute) whose aims include exchanging examples of good practice, sharing experiences, broadening staff horizons, gaining objec...
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Friends' Working Holiday at Červeny Dvůr 2017

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June 2017 - Two parties of volunteers from the UK have been completing the work on the ‘Beaver Cellar’ which is associated with the ‘Mauricovna’ or watchman’s cottage, seen in the distance. Both are important features in the English landscape park at Červeny Dvůr in Southern Bohemia. These were the final working parties before the restoration is co...
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Presentation of an Award

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1st June 2017 - committee members of The Friends of Czech Heritage were welcomed to the Probošt House in Vyšehrad, Prague. Barbara Peacock, a founder of The Friends, received her 'Point of Light' award from the UK Ambassador H.E. Ms Jan Thompson. Image right: the Ambassador, left, with Barbara Peacock. Photo copyright James Robertson. The Friends o...
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Wed 21st June - Summer Outing to Greenwich

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JUNE 2017 - SUMMER OUTING TO GREENWICH The Friends' Summer Outing this year took place on 21 st June and most participants boarded the Thames Clipper for a sublime journey to Greenwich on a beautiful day. Greenwich was one of the ports visited after the marriage of Frederick, Elector Palatine, to Princess Elizabeth, daughter of James I and Anne of ...
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COOPERATION WITH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL AWARD

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MAY 2017 - COOPERATION WITH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL AWARD The work of The Friends of Czech Heritage was cited as an example of how to encourage volunteering in recent publicity by the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. It featured current participants in the award programme in the Czech Republic at work on the Jan Hus Church, Smíchov, Prag...
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Summer Outing to Greenwich, June 2017

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Wednesday 21st June This visit to the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich will include a unique opportunity to have close-up view of the meticulous cleaning and repair work that is taking place on the ceiling of the Painted Hall. This will be described by Will Palin, Conservation Director, and Stephen Paine of Paine & Stewart Conservation...
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