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Coverage of Ian Kennaway's Award on the ProPamátky website


A report in August 2017 on the website of ProPamátky about the award to one of our founders   "At the end of July 2017 Ian Kennaway received an award for his significant and lifelong support of the Czech cultural heritage. The prize was presented in person by the Minister of Culture Daniel Herman in the Nostic Palace. In the early 1990s Ian Ke...

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To celebrate the recent CD release by Prima Facie of 'Rainsongs' - Works by Karel Janovický, the Dvořák Society is pleased to invite you to a concert and reception on Sunday 10th September from 3pm to 5.30pm at Velehrad London, 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London SW13 9JP. Three of the artists on the recording, John Turner (recorder), Lesley-Jane Roge...

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The Friends' second working holiday of 2017 took place last week and was based in the Villa Stiassni, an example of Functionalism, designed for the wealthy textile industrialist Alfred Stiassny by the architect Ernst Wiesner in 1927. This large villa sits in a garden on an extensive sloped plot of land. It has beautiful views across the garden to t...

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Two years ago The Friends and the Ministry of Culture contributed towards the restoration of a ceiling in the east wing. With the help of volunteers, generous donors and the village of Čečovice, the château has now acquired a new gate, just in time for the fundraising summer music festival on 26th August 2017. Craftsman Michal Cafour...

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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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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:

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Cultural Connections - The National Trust visits the Czech Republic


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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