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Lecture 26/04/22 by Dr Philip Mansel: 'The Bourbons and Bohemia'

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Louis XIV was a life-long enemy of the Holy Roman Emperors and Kings of Bohemia, Leopold I and Charles VI. The armies of his successor Louis XV occupied Prague in 1741. Thereafter, however, the Bourbons became allies of the House of Austria. During the French Revolution the resort of Teplitz/Teplice in Bohemia became a residence of many emigrés, in...

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Working Holiday: Restoration at Červený Dvůr, 21 to 28 May 2022/ 28 May to 4 June 2022

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Červený Dvůr is a historic estate that was once the summer residence of the Schwarzenberg family and is now a sanatorium. In 2022, participants will be helping to complete work on the two gatehouses, working on the facade, the plaster and the final coat. During the week there will be the opportunity to visit some of the region’s houses and castles....

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Working Holiday in Moravia: the World Heritage site at Žďár nad Sázavou, 4 - 11 June 2022

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The working holiday: participants will work on the site of the UNESCO pilgrimage church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora, designed by the famous Baroque architect J.B. Santini-Aichel. Tasks may include simple building work, painting and simple ground work. No prior skill is required. Volunteers will be working alongside Czech participants. Duri...

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Wednesday 20/04/2022: Visit to Holland Park and the Czech Embassy

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The visit was led by Peter Jamieson and Peter Ruback and started at on Kensington High Street outside the Design Museum. The walk celebrated some of the best mid-century and Brutalist buildings in an area best known for High Victorian architecture. We started outside the Design Museum which was formerly the Commonwealth Institute, by Robert Matthew...

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Lecture 15/03/22: Legends of Czech Glass

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The 1950s-70s saw a renaissance in Czech glass design that re-established the Bohemian region’s global reputation in this area. From behind the Iron Curtain, skilled designers pushed the boundaries of 20th century glass design and produced unique art glass masterpieces that went on to inspire visually stunning, highly innovative and commercial rang...

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ZOOM Lecture on Wednesday 09/02/22 by Martyn Bond : 'A Castle in Bohemia, an Austro-Japanese Count, and the Future of Europe'

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Martyn Bond, a former foreign correspondent specialising in European affairs, spoke about Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, better known on the Continent than in Britain. Few anywhere know that the man whom Hitler damned in Mein Kampf as a ‘cosmopolitan bastard’ travelled on a Czechoslovak diplomatic passport for twenty years between the two W...

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ZOOM LECTURE 27/10/21 by Milan Svoboda: How did the Baroque taste?

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A talk by Milan Svoboda from the dining room of the Château of Konopiště on reconstructing a dessert banqueting table, service à la française style, and the culture of dining and table setting in 17th and 18th centuries. A Baroque table with its pomp and monumental decorations boldly reflected the splendour of the surrounding gardens and architectu...

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ZOOM lecture 23/06/21: Adolf Loos in Pilsen - the Interiors

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One of the great pioneers of Modern architecture, Adolf Loos, between 1907 and 1932 enriched the architectural environment of Pilsen for affluent Jewish clients. They had in common not only commercial, social and family ties, but also a desire for lavish, impressive interiors which he unquestionably satisfied. Born in Brno in 1870, h...

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SUMMER OUTING - A tour of Salisbury Cathedral and Longford Castle on WEDNESDAY 28TH JULY

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The City of Salisbury lies in the Avon Valley at the confluence of five rivers. It is a medieval ‘new town’, being founded in 1220 when the construction of the new cathedral commenced. This was finished in a remarkably short time in 1258 and is therefore one of the most complete examples of Early English building in Britain. The tower and soaring s...

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ZOOM LECTURE 26/05/21: The Low-Beer Story behind Schindler's List and Villa Tugendhat in the Czech Republic

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A talk by Daniel Low-Beer, a grandson whose surviving relatives never returned to their homeland Before the Munich Agreement and the Nazi horrors descended on Czechoslovakia, Jews were central to the cultural and economic life of Brno. The Low-Beers were industrialists, textile producers, diplomats, movers and shakers, who were building the new rep...

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