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Friends' Lecture: Alphonse Mucha, his life and heritage

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John Mucha, grandson of Alphonse Mucha, gave a fascinating talk to a large audience at the Czech Embassy about the fate of the Mucha family during the Nazi Occupation of Czechoslovakia and then under the Communism, and how Mucha’s own collection of his work was preserved under those regimes, and later largely made available for public display. The ...

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Summer 2014 - The Friends' Working Parties in South Bohemia

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Summer 2014: We were a mixed party with ages ranging from early 20s to mid 70s and included students, a retired architect, social workers and a food store manager. We helped to lay the drains, built walls and excavated a cellar to provide storage, with a particular focus on the Mauricovna, a building in the grounds that we are helping to rescue. Ou...

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The English Language Discourse Surrounding the Transfer/Expulsion of the Sudeten Germans

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The title might have sounded disconcertingly academic but Dr. Martin Brown of the American International University in London delivered a thrillingly pithy and persuasive analysis of his subject. He came he said, not to discuss the events of 1945-46 but the lengthy debate about the transfer or resettlement of populations in British political, diplo...

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The Building and the Book

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In the Czech Embassy, London, the architectural historian Dr Irena Murray-Žantovská gave a lecture on the Strahov Monastery in Prague, entitled 'The Building and the Book'. The hall was filled by an audience that included experts on painting and art history. Photos: anti-clockwise from left, Dr Murray-Žantovská; the lecturer with Barbara Peacock, a...

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From Sentiment to Science - 25 Years of Modern Conservation

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'From Sentiment to Science - 25 Years of Modern Conservation' was given by John Allan, a director of Avanti Architects and the leading expert in the UK on the conservation of modernist architecture. He spoke about many high-profile buildings including the Villa Tugendhat in Brno. Wines sponsored by www.vinovitaj.com

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Summer 2013 - The Mauricovna phase 1 roof work

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Summer 2013 - An 18th Century Estate Cottage in the gardens of the Château of Červený Dvůr: The cottage is a ruin but with the help of our working holidays, volunteers have started to convert it to a post-therapy unit for the drug and alcohol treatment clinic situated in the château. This project is run with the kind assistance of MJP Architec...

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Wine tasting with Vinovitaj

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Moravian wines were the stars of a packed wine tasting at the Czech Embassy on Tuesday, 15 October 2013. Naděžda Goryczková, the Director of the National Heritage Office (NPU) in Prague, attended the event. A respectable sum of money was raised towards the Friends' restoration fund and highly satisfied customers expressed a wish to repeat the event...

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Friends' Lecture in London - May 2013

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Visually stunning, technically impressive and always surprising - Eva Jiřičná presented an overview of her most prestigious projects at the Friends' lecture in the Czech Embassy, 16 May 2013. The Orangery of Prague Castle, the Church Na krizovatce restored by the President Havel foundation, the loft of the Schwarzenberg Palace, work at the Victoria...

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Splendour and Spectacle: Great Buildings and Gardens of Moravia

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The Friends with the co-operation of the Czech Embassy organised a lecture 'Splendour and Spectacle: Great Buildings and Gardens of Moravia' by Barbara Peacock, architectural historian, director of Wessex Fine Art Study Courses, co-founder of The Friends, given in the Czech Embassy on 6th November 2012.

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