Exhibition: HERITAGE – 25 Years of Cooperation between the British and South Bohemian Heritage Workers
May 2014 - Exhibition: HERITAGE – 25 Years of Cooperation between the British and South Bohemian Heritage Workers, at the NPÚ Gallery, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
The National Heritage Institute (NPÚ) České Budějovice opened an exhibition featuring the last 25 years of work influenced by the exchange of ideas and expertise between the local team and the experts from the National Trust in the UK. The culmination of the cooperation was the Attingham Trust Study Week in the Chateau of Třeboň, June 2015, when the heritage experts and workers meet for the first time in a post-communist country. The exhibition consists of sixteen large panels with photographs and text in both Czech and English.
The first international contacts followed shortly after the Velvet Revolution with two representatives of the local NPÚ team being invited to the ‘Europe Preserved for Europe’ conference organised by the National Trust in York in England. An invitation to visit the NT properties in Wales open to the public soon followed providing not only a much needed encouragement for the Czech heritage workers but also a platform for comparison, inspiration and education.
Photo: Ian Kennaway, left, Founder of The Friends, receives a presentation from Ing PhD Vlastislav Ouroda, Director UOP at the České Budějovice office of the Czech National Heritage Institute (NPÚ)