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Please note that the working holidays are booked by emailing . Current plans are as follows:
Červený Dvůr, 22nd - 29th May, 29th May - 5th June 2021
Žďár nad Sázavou, 5th - 12th June 2021
Teplice nad Metují, 4th - 11th September 2021
Krásný Dvůr, 11th - 18th September 2021.

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ZOOM LECTURE 21/04/21 at 6pm: Imperial Baroque, Vienna and Prague, by Caroline Cannon-Brookes

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Following the deadly scourge of plague in 1679 and the relief of the Turkish Siege in 1683 the Viennese, with improved security, embarked on a great building programme which would provide visible proof of triumphant Catholicism and the Imperial Ideal. Two important Central European architects emerged at this time, Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach ...
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ZOOM LECTURE 04/03/2021 at 6pm: Great Houses of Bohemia and Moravia by Barbara Peacock

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An online lecture by Barbara Peacock, one of the founders of The Friends of Czech Heritage, on Thursday 4th March 2021 at 6pm on Zoom: please email to participate. The Czech lands have a magnificent architectural legacy with one of the densest concentrations of great houses in Europe. This talk will explore the development of ...
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LECTURE 17/02/2021 : East goes East - John East on 20th-century buildings in the Czech lands

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John East of the 20th Century Society gave a fascinating talk about buildings constructed in the Czech and Slovak lands during the 20th century. The wealth of modern buildings dating from the 1920s and 30s in particular, was a revelation and demonstrated the confidence of the young Czechoslovak state as it developed its new identity. Though this pe...
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Good News for the Villa Arnold in Brno

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The City of Brno has received 36 million Czech Crowns/ GBP£1,234,000 from the Norway Funds for the repair of the Arnold Villa. The Secessionist/Art Nouveau villa, standing next to the Tugendhat and Löw-Beer villas, is one of the most endangered Czech monuments. The aim is to use the building and its garden to create a centre for dialogue about the ...
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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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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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Lecture 05.11.19 'Emperor Rudolf II Collector & Patron of the Arts & Sciences'

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Under Rudolf II Prague again became the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Following the example of his Habsburg ancestors, he assembled an exceptional collection of works of art for which the imperial palace on the Hradčany was adapted. He patronised painters, sculptors, goldsmiths who flocked to Prague, and also men of learning including Tycho Bra...
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