About the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic, situated in the heart of Europe and comprising the historic regions of Bohemia, Moravia and Czech Silesia, has a cultural legacy of international significance, with twelve UNESCO-listed sites.
This small country has castles that are such a dramatic feature of the landscape, reflecting Bohemia's power and influence in the Middle Ages, and the largest concentration of great houses and palaces in Europe, built by Renaissance magnates and the wealthy nobility of the Habsburg Empire.
What The Friends of Czech Heritage Do
We are able to give small grants to a variety of projects and welcome applications from owners of historic buildings, gardens and parks in the Czech Republic. Properties may be privately owned, or may belong to the State or a local municipality, please see the map for locations where we have been active.
Please tell us about the cultural, historical and educational importance of your property, and the extent of public access. Outline what funds you need and what you would wish to do with the help or money. Grants are given subject to certain conditions, which we can be sent on request.
Read about the founding and history of The Friends:
You may download the list of projects where the Friends have helped:
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A devastating tornado and storm on the night of Thursday 24th June wreaked havoc around the towns of Hodonín and Břeclav in South Moravia. In addition to the tragic loss of life, the damage to buildings and infrastructure has been very severe and many residents are now homeless.
Our chief concern from the heritage point of view is the damage suffered by the Château of Valtice, which is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The hailstorm caused extensive damage to the recently restored roofs, windows and gardens of the château, which will cost millions of Euros to repair. Hundreds of square meters of roofs, some 150 windows and shutters, façades and decorations will have to be repaired.
We are therefore setting up a fund to help repair the damage at Valtice and we ask that you contribute generously. Please donate here:
Chairman, The Friends of Czech Heritage
Events, Lectures and Working Parties
The Friends organise regular events and lectures, as well as working parties.
Wednesday 27th October 2021: 'How did the Baroque taste?' A ZOOM talk by Milan Svoboda from the dining room of the Château 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. Details here.
Tuesday 30th November 2021: 'A Castle in Bohemia, an Austro-Japanese Count, and the Future of Europe' by Martyn Bond, 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic followed by Christmas drinks. Details here.
Tuesday 25th January 2022: 'FRENCH CONNECTIONS: The Bourbons and Bohemia' by Dr Philip Mansel at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Details here.
A Short Video about Our Work
Europa Nostra Awards Ceremony - Ilucidare Special Prize
Dear Friends and Supporters,
As many of you will know, the Europa Nostra Awards Ceremony took place on 10th November 2020 and although we didn't win a prize, it was nevertheless a huge achievement to be up there amongst the 'best' of Europe. To be one of only three in our category was a great success.
We are proud of our work and grateful to all our supporters who made it possible for our efforts to be noticed and appreciated.
This marks a very important stage in our development.
With grateful thanks to you all. Best regards,
Peter Jamieson, Chairman
Our Newsletter is a wide-ranging publication that appears twice a year, click here for free downloads.
Newsletter Issue 25 is out now and includes articles on: Our Projects/ Tornado in South Moravia: Valtice Appeal/ Lipnice Bible Returns Home After 600 Years/ The Jakobínka Tower, Rožmberk, Receives a Special Mention for Conservation/ The Challenges of Reconciliation: One Family’s Experience/ What Remains of Everyday Life in Czech Historic Houses/ Great Houses of Bohemia and Moravia/ One Man’s Plan for a Peaceful Union: Pan-Europa, a Forerunner of Today’s EU/ Reviews