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An Award for One of Our Founders

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Ian Kennaway has been awarded the prize 'Artis Bohemiae Amicis' for those who have given significant support to Czech arts and cultural heritage. Culture Minister Daniel Herman said: "No foreign expert has done so much to preserve our aristocratic residences, including their collections and parks, as Mr. Kennaway, who has spent years working absolu...
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Žďár nad Sázavou

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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME Following The Friends' working party in June last year, we were pleased to receive summertime photographs of the Lower Cemetery at Žďár nad Sázavou from Zbyněk Vintr, who managed the project there. The enclosure, designed built by the famous Baroque architect J. B. Santini-Aichel, was in fact never used for bur...
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VLASTA MAGAZINE FEATURES ONE OF OUR FOUNDERS

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July 2017 - Barbara Peacock was interviewed recently for the very popular Czech women's magazine 'Vlasta': as you can see, many of our projects were highlighted through a large selection of photographs. Barbara was photographed in the Jan Hus Church in Smíchov, Prague, one of The Friends' current projects. Czech version here: https://www.facebook.c...
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Cultural Connections - The National Trust visits the Czech Republic

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Thursday 26th October 2017 at 6.30p in the Embassy of Slovakia, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. Christine Sitwell talks about the programme between the National Trust and the NPÚ (the Czech National Heritage Institute) whose aims include exchanging examples of good practice, sharing experiences, broadening staff horizons, gaining objec...
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Friends' Working Holiday at Červeny Dvůr 2017

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June 2017 - Two parties of volunteers from the UK have been completing the work on the ‘Beaver Cellar’ which is associated with the ‘Mauricovna’ or watchman’s cottage, seen in the distance. Both are important features in the English landscape park at Červeny Dvůr in Southern Bohemia. These were the final working parties before the restoration is co...
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Presentation of an Award

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1st June 2017 - committee members of The Friends of Czech Heritage were welcomed to the Probošt House in Vyšehrad, Prague. Barbara Peacock, a founder of The Friends, received her 'Point of Light' award from the UK Ambassador H.E. Ms Jan Thompson. Image right: the Ambassador, left, with Barbara Peacock. Photo copyright James Robertson. The Friends o...
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Wed 21st June - Summer Outing to Greenwich

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JUNE 2017 - SUMMER OUTING TO GREENWICH The Friends' Summer Outing this year took place on 21 st June and most participants boarded the Thames Clipper for a sublime journey to Greenwich on a beautiful day. Greenwich was one of the ports visited after the marriage of Frederick, Elector Palatine, to Princess Elizabeth, daughter of James I and Anne of ...
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COOPERATION WITH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL AWARD

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MAY 2017 - COOPERATION WITH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL AWARD The work of The Friends of Czech Heritage was cited as an example of how to encourage volunteering in recent publicity by the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. It featured current participants in the award programme in the Czech Republic at work on the Jan Hus Church, Smíchov, Prag...
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EGYPT AND CZECH EGYPTOLOGISTS: THE IMPORTANT BUT LITTLE-KNOWN CONTRIBUTION MADE BY CZECH ARCHAEOLOGISTS

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APRIL 2017 - EGYPT AND CZECH EGYPTOLOGISTS: THE IMPORTANT BUT LITTLE-KNOWN CONTRIBUTION MADE BY CZECH ARCHAEOLOGISTS     On 5th April 2017 Suzanna Bojtos of Birkbeck College gave a fascinating talk, illustrated by excellent slides, on the contribution made by several Czech scholars to the excavation, preservation and interpretation of anc...
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Mr John Martin is organising a memorial at Ightfield in Shropshire

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March 2017 - Mr John Martin is organising a memorial at Ightfield in Shropshire, commemorating the friendship between the Ellison family and the two Czechslovak parachutists Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš. These men flew home from England in 1941 to take part in the assassination of Deputy Reichsprotektor Heydrich in the following year. The film 'Anthr...
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