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The Arnold Villa in Brno Restored

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The completion of the restoration of the Arnold Villa is welcome news and is another piece in the history of the Low-Beer family and their association with Brno and the Villa Tugendhat.The Friends joined a local working party of students in the grounds of the Arnold Villa in the summer of 2017 when they were undertaking initial clearance of the ove...

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LECTURE 24/06/24: CZECH FUNCTIONALISM 1918-1938

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A talk by Prof. Vladimír Šlapeta on Monday 24th June 2024 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. Under the motto "catch up and overtake Europe" after the end of WWI, the newly created state - Czechoslovakia - began to build its existence. In architecture, it meant the creation of a new identi...

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WORKING PARTY IN MORAVIA 19-26.05.2024

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Heritage Site at Žďár nad Sázavou Participants will work on the restoration of buildings in the Lower Cemetery (which was in fact never used for burials), built by the famous Baroque architect J. B. Santini-Aichel. No prior skill is required. During the week there will be the opportunity to visit some of the region’s houses and castles. The UNESCO ...

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MAY 2024: Leamington Music Festival - Czech Theme

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2nd-6th May 2024 in the Royal Pump Rooms on The Parade, All Saints Church, and Holy Trinity Church Thursday 2nd May7.30pm Concert - Amici della Musica: quartet Friday 3rd May12.00pm Recital - Martin Kasík: piano 7.00pm Coffee Concert - Guarneri Piano Trio Saturday 4th May11.00am Concert - Kukal String Quartet 3.30pm Talk: 'Dvořák in Britain' by Dav...

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LECTURE 30/04/24: The Work of Czech and Slovak Ėmigré Architects in Britain

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A Talk by John East, 30th April 2024, in the Czech Embassy, London. John East of the 20th Century Society gave The Friends a fascinating insight into the interaction of pre-War European architectural Modernism with British architecture of the same period and in particular the contribution of Czech émigré architects. Image: on the left is John East ...

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VIDEO: THE EUROPA NOSTRA UK WEBINAR ABOUT THE FRIENDS - 28.03.2024

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This is one of a series of talks in which Europa Nostra features award-winning projects and heritage community initiatives that are of particular interest to the UK. In this recording from 28th March 2024, you can hear our Chairman, Peter Jamieson, and Co-founder, Barbara Peacock, tell us about the beginnings of this charity and the impact they hav...

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SPRING OUTING 16.04.24: A Guided Tour of Legal London

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All barristers must belong to one of the four Inns of Court, all of which are in the heart of London where the English legal system was developed. The tour visited all four of the Inns of Court, all of which are in the heart of London where the English legal system was developed. The weather was bright and sunny with gusts of wind and occasional li...

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THE EDITOR OF THE FRIENDS AWARDED A CZECH HONOUR

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Lipavský awarded the Gratias Agit Prize 2023 for spreading the good name of the Czech Republic abroad to eight individuals and one organisation, including our editor Jana Sommerlad, seen fourth from the left in the photograph, click here.

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British Chamber of Commerce Features The Friends's Work

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The BCC in the Czech Republic chose our work for day 5 of its Advent calendar on Facebook: The link to projects led to this list: The Park Keeper's cottage, Červený Dvůr restoration of the ruinous building over a period of ten years by volunteers and local craftsmen to become a therapy unit for the hospital. This was completed in the summer of 2023...

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LECTURE 13/02/24: The Awakening of the Czech National Consciousness

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A talk by Caroline Cannon-Brookes on Tuesday 13th February 2024 in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. The 1905 Baedeker’s guide to Austria-Hungary states in its historical introduction “The endeavours of the Habsburgs assisted by the Jesuits, who were practically all powerful in Bohemia and Moravia, t...

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