The Friends of Czech Heritage: keeping you informed about our activities

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Lecture in London by Christine Sitwell

The Friends were entertained on Thursday evening 26th October at the Embassy of Slovakia by Christine Sitwell, who gave a very interesting talk about the the relationship between the National Trust and the National Heritage Institute of the Czech Republic. Since the Velvet Revolution the two organisations have exchanged delegations, which has helpe...

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Working Holiday at Krásný Dvůr 2017

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The Friends of Czech Heritage again led volunteering to restore the park at the Château of Krásný Dvůr in North Bohemia. This is the second year the Friends have organised a week-long working party in this historic park, finishing on Friday 15th September. This year the group worked on uncovering the water supply to the Chinese pavilion, ...

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Czech Award to one of our earliest lecturers

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Ten years ago, after The Friends of Czech Heritage had just been founded, we held our first lecture, given by Jonathan Marsden, currently Surveyor of the Queen's Works of Art and Director of the Royal Collection. He worked in the North Wales region of the National Trust and was instrumental in arranging the two-way cooperation of conservators from ...

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Coverage of Ian Kennaway's Award on the ProPamátky website


A report in August 2017 on the website of ProPamátky about the award to one of our founders   "At the end of July 2017 Ian Kennaway received an award for his significant and lifelong support of the Czech cultural heritage. The prize was presented in person by the Minister of Culture Daniel Herman in the Nostic Palace. In the early 1990s Ian Ke...

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To celebrate the recent CD release by Prima Facie of 'Rainsongs' - Works by Karel Janovický, the Dvořák Society is pleased to invite you to a concert and reception on Sunday 10th September from 3pm to 5.30pm at Velehrad London, 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London SW13 9JP. Three of the artists on the recording, John Turner (recorder), Lesley-Jane Roge...

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The Friends' second working holiday of 2017 took place last week and was based in the Villa Stiassni, an example of Functionalism, designed for the wealthy textile industrialist Alfred Stiassny by the architect Ernst Wiesner in 1927. This large villa sits in a garden on an extensive sloped plot of land. It has beautiful views across the garden to t...

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Two years ago The Friends and the Ministry of Culture contributed towards the restoration of a ceiling in the east wing. With the help of volunteers, generous donors and the village of Čečovice, the château has now acquired a new gate, just in time for the fundraising summer music festival on 26th August 2017. Craftsman Michal Cafour...

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An Award for One of Our Founders

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Ian Kennaway has been awarded the prize 'Artis Bohemiae Amicis' for those who have given significant support to Czech arts and cultural heritage. Culture Minister Daniel Herman said: "No foreign expert has done so much to preserve our aristocratic residences, including their collections and parks, as Mr. Kennaway, who has spent years working absolu...

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Žďár nad Sázavou

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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME Following The Friends' working party in June last year, we were pleased to receive summertime photographs of the Lower Cemetery at Žďár nad Sázavou from Zbyněk Vintr, who managed the project there. The enclosure, designed built by the famous Baroque architect J. B. Santini-Aichel, was in fact never used for bur...

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July 2017 - Barbara Peacock was interviewed recently for the very popular Czech women's magazine 'Vlasta': as you can see, many of our projects were highlighted through a large selection of photographs. Barbara was photographed in the Jan Hus Church in Smíchov, Prague, one of The Friends' current projects.Czech version here:

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