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FIRST 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 03.12.19 'From the village to the city: urbanisation in Slovakia 1896-1972'

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Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY In his talk, Dr Lorman will explore 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 ...
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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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Lecture about the March 1938 Occupation of Bohemia and Moravia

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LECTURE IN LONDON 'The Bell of Treason - The Munich Agreement and its Aftermath', at 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm) on 27th March 2019 in the Czech Embassy, London. The lecture will take place in the Czech Embassy Cinema. To reserve your ticket via Eventbrite system, please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-bell-of-treason-the-muni… ...
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Our Chairman's Visit to Prague, February 2019

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The charity The Friends of Czech Heritage is a member of the British Czech Chamber of Commerce in Prague and on 7th February our Chairman Peter Jamieson and Secretary James Robertson attended a wine tasting promoted by the BCC as their special guests at the showrooms of the Lasvit glass company. This gave us the opportunity to mingle with members a...
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Place and Setting at Konopiště Castle in Bohemia

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Milan Svoboda, the heritage specialist who worked on The Friends' recent tour of historic Bohemia, was instrumental in setting up an exhibition at Konopiště Castle, the home of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the Duchess of Hohenberg, born Žofie Chotková z Chotkova. The couple were assasinated in Sarajevo in 1916. After World War One and the expulsion...
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Lecture 14.05.19 'The Royal Collection in Three Dimensions: Adventures of a Sculpture Cataloguer'

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Sir Jonathan Marsden gave a talk at the  Embassy of the Czech Republic on Tuesday 14th May 2019 , entertaining the guests with stories from behind  the scenes of the Royal Sculpture Collection.  He presented some of the lessons learned from working on a catalogue raisonné of European sculpture in the Royal Collection to be published ...
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Britain and Bohemia in the Fifteenth Century: The English Struggle Against the Hussite Movement

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FRIENDS' LECTURE: BRITAIN AND BOHEMIA IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY On 5th March 2019 Dr. Mark Whelan, an historian of late medieval and early modern Germany and Central Europe who is currently working at King’s College, London, gave a lecture explaining how and why the English kings and senior clerics became involved in the early-fifteenth-century stru...
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Newspaper article about The Friends' work in Pravo newspaper

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On 10th November 2018 'Magazín Práva', a supplement in the Czech national newspaper 'Pravo', featured this year's working party organised by The Friends at the Chateau of Vizovice. The article is by Zuzana Musálková, with excerpts below translated from the Czech by Rupert Emery. "The fact that foreigners admire our cultural monuments – and moreover...
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