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The Golden Age of Czech Cinema, 1960 -1970

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The 1960s saw a general renewal of film culture worldwide. Among the many 'new waves' of the time, almost none was more important than that of Czech cinema: it was the one national voice from central and eastern Europe that made this episode of culture uniqueA talk by Mark Le Fanu, a film historian based at University College London. He has written...
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LECTURE 16.06.20: Czech Modernism

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An introduction to avant-garde design in architecture, engineering, furniture and interiors, its international influence and how it affected the development of modern architecture in Britain.A talk by Ivan Margolius on Tuesday 16th June 2020 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. Ivan Ma...
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THE START OF AN EXTENSIVE REFURBISHMENT AT THE CHÂTEAU OF UHERČICE

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In 2011 The Friends of Czech Heritage secured funding to stop the collapse of the ceiling in this spectacular hall, among other projects that we have carried out there since 2008. The complex is a Renaissance château with Baroque and Neo-Classical modifications, comprising five courtyards including ceremonial, residential and agricultural areas, wa...
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WORKING PARTIES OF 2019

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The Friends held two very productive working parties at Červený Dvůr in South Bohemia at the end of May and beginning of June. The numbers were small but sometimes this can be an advantage, especially when doing semi-skilled tasks, as we were.The project was centred around the reconstruction of the two gatehouses, which formerly guarded the main ca...
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19.06.19 THE FRIENDS' VISIT TO WINCHESTER

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The first stop was the Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty, where we first viewed the Chapel with its remarkably intact Norman architecture. After coffee sitting outside the Hundred Men’s Hall the group enjoyed a tour of the Great Hall of the Hospital led by Barbara Peacock, one of the founders of The Friends. Lunch was at The Bell ...
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Lecture 04.02.20 'From the village to the city: urbanisation in Slovakia 1896-1972'

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In his talk, Dr Lorman explored how Slovak culture was initially characterised by its rural quality and alienation from the beginnings of mass industrialisation and urbanisation in Hungary (exemplified by the 1896 millennial celebrations in Budapest). He examined how Slovak national identity was then substantially (but not entirely) transformed by ...
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Lecture 05.11.19 'Emperor Rudolf II Collector & Patron of the Arts & Sciences'

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Under Rudolf II Prague again became the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Following the example of his Habsburg ancestors, he assembled an exceptional collection of works of art for which the imperial palace on the Hradčany was adapted. He patronised painters, sculptors, goldsmiths who flocked to Prague, and also men of learning including Tycho Bra...
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Lecture about the March 1938 Occupation of Bohemia and Moravia

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LECTURE IN LONDON 'The Bell of Treason - The Munich Agreement and its Aftermath', at 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm) on 27th March 2019 in the Czech Embassy, London. The lecture will take place in the Czech Embassy Cinema. To reserve your ticket via Eventbrite system, please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-bell-of-treason-the-muni…T...
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Our Chairman's Visit to Prague, February 2019

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The charity The Friends of Czech Heritage is a member of the British Czech Chamber of Commerce in Prague and on 7th February our Chairman Peter Jamieson and Secretary James Robertson attended a wine tasting promoted by the BCC as their special guests at the showrooms of the Lasvit glass company. This gave us the opportunity to mingle with members a...
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Place and Setting at Konopiště Castle in Bohemia

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Milan Svoboda, the heritage specialist who worked on The Friends' recent tour of historic Bohemia, was instrumental in setting up an exhibition at Konopiště Castle, the home of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the Duchess of Hohenberg, born Žofie Chotková z Chotkova. The couple were assasinated in Sarajevo in 1916. After World War One and the expulsion...
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