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Please note that the working holidays are booked by emailing . Current plans are as follows:
Teplice nad Metují, 4th - 11th September 2021
Krásný Dvůr, 11th - 18th September 2021.

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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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THE CHÂTEAU OF UHERČICE REVIVES

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The Friends of Czech Heritage have aided several projects at the château since 2008 and now a major grant from the EU and the Czech Ministry of Culture has secured the restoration/conservation of an entire wing, a project just completed. The château in south Moravia near the border with Austria is one of the most extensive in the Czech lands and in...
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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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Lecture 25/01/22 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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Lipnice Bible returns home after 600 years

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In May 1421 a Latin copy of the Bible was finished in hiding from a Hussite army at the castle of Lipnice nad Sázavou. It later became known as the Lipnice Bible. The Association for the Rescue of the Birthplace of Jan Zrzavý in the neighbouring village of Okrouhlice first learned of the manuscript in 2015 and decided to find out where the Lipnice ...
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Progress at the Château of Uherčice in South Moravia

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At the time of the Velvet Revolution the Château of Uherčice was forgotten and semi-ruinous. Since then it has gradually been brought back to life, partly with the help of grants from The Friends of Czech Heritage. Slowly the pace of restoration has increased. The latest phase of restoration works has been made possible by a very substantial grant ...
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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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OUTING: Apsley House, Wellington Arch, Belgravia, on WEDNESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2021

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A SPECIAL TOUR OF SOME OF LONDON'S MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS Please note that this event had to be resheduled as a result of Covid-19 regulations 10.30am, morning: Apsley House and Wellington Arch. 2.30pm Walking tour by Anne-Marie Craven, to include the following: - History of the Royal Parks and the developments within Hyde Park including the Serpent...
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