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Working Parties in the Czech Republic in 2023

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For details or to book a place apply to: Brněnec, Moravia, Saturday 5th to Saturday 12th August  Brněnec is a village in the Pardubice Region. The Low-Beer family founded a textile-producing company here more than 200 years ago. The factory was confiscated after the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany in 1938 and...

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The Friends' Spring Outing to Wapping - Wednesday 10/05/23

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'DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE' or 'Piety and Piracy'The walk is a rich mixture of architecture, including lovely churches, and a delightful secret chapel, history and water - a lot is along the river. The walk is being led by Anne-Marie Craven. 10.45 Walk starts in Trinity Square Gardens (near Tower Hill tube station)12.30ish Lunch at suitable pub14.00ish...

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Lecture: Last Days in Old Europe - Tuesday 28/03/23 at 6.30pm

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A talk by Richard Bassett on Tuesday 28th March 2023 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. Our lecturer described not only many historical events but also supplied background to the lives of those who influenced the arts, culture and even history in central Europe in the 20th century. He rel...

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Gardens of the Czech Republic - Saturday 25/03/23

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The Birkbeck Garden History Group, in association with The Friends of Czech Heritage, held a Study Day to explore the history and development of some of the Czech Republic’s distinctive gardens, from Baroque to modern. Venue: Institute of Education, University College London (UCL), Room 642, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL. Image, right, Michael S...

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Czech Modernism - Tuesday 07/02/23 at 6.30pm

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CZECH MODERNISM LECTURE A SUCCESS This very popular event took place with the cooperation of the Czech Embassy.The proliferation of what we now term 'Modernism' In the period following the First World War can be seen possibly at is most progressive in former Czechoslovakia. This flowering of a new national consciousness, expressed through contempor...

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Review of Milan Svoboda's lecture, September 2022

REVIEW Lecture by Milan Svoboda for The Friends of Czech Heritage, September 2022 'How the Czech Aristocracy Lost Their castles in the 20th Century;A Guide to the development of ownership of ownership of historic houses in the Czech Lands since 1918' One of the great pleasures of a visit to the Czech Republic is a tour of the castles and great coun...

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Friends' Lecture 20/09/22: How the Czech Aristocracy Lost Their Castles in the 20th Century

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A guide to the development of the ownership of historic houses in Czech lands since 1918. A Lecture by Milan Svoboda on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at 6.30pm in the Czech Embassy, London. From the formation of Czechoslovakia, when the first president T.G. Masaryk abolished aristocratic titles, and his land reform deprived many estates of their main...

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Summer Outing to Rousham and Chastleton, 13/07/2022

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Rousham is 12 miles north of Oxford, and Chastleton is four miles from Moreton-in-Marsh. Both are exceptional houses set in celebrated gardens, both have remained in the ownership of the same families for nearly 400 years. Chastleton was acquired by the National Trust in 1991. ROUSHAMThe landscape garden at Rousham should be a place of pilgrimage f...

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Visit to Tilbury and Bata Heritage, 22/06/22

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The Friends' tour to the Bata Museum and former company town at East Tilbury was a great success despite transport problems due to the current strike. In gloriously sunny weather we were guided around the town by the enthusiastic volunteers from the museum. There was time for lunch and a visit to Coalhouse Fort overlooking the Thames before our ret...

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Lecture on Tuesday 17/05/22: Sir John Tusa - My Life with Bata

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Sir John Tusa - ‘MY LIFE WITH BATA’ John Tusa came to Britain in 1939 with his family at the age of three from Zlín in Moravia where his father had worked since the age of sixteen in the famous Bata shoe factory – a Bata baby. By the 1930s Bata of Czechoslovakia were the world’s leading manufacturer of footwear and factories were increasingly estab...

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