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". The Friends of Czech Heritage charity is one of three shortlisted examples in the Heritage-led diplomacy section. The two winners of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes – one for excellence in heritage-led innovation and one for excellence in heritage-led international relations – will be announced in the autumn of 2020.
The description of our work includes the following summary:
"The UK-based organisation Friends of Czech Heritage has had a considerable impact in raising awareness of the importance of Czech heritage both in the UK and in Czechia. This small organisation has been operating in the Czech Republic for twelve years and works entirely on a voluntary basis. With limited resources, the organisation supports conservation projects at their inception by awarding small grants to provide a stimulus to the raising of further funds. In all aspects of their work, The Friends of Czech Heritage operate on a collaborative basis with local organisations, authorities and volunteers".