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The Friends' working party at Vizovice in Moravia, September 2018

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The project that we undertook at the Château of Vizovice in the week 8 - 15 September consisted of taking down an unstable brick boundary wall in the park, which had been rebuilt before the Velvet Revolution. It was set on a stone base, which had also collapsed in places. We cleaned all the bricks ready for reuse and rebuilt sections of the stone b...

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Friends' Lecture: A Celebration of Czechoslovak Culture in Wartime Britain - An Illustrated Talk by Jana Buresova

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A CELEBRATION OF CZECHOSLOVAK CULTURE IN WARTIME BRITAIN On 9th October 2018 Dr. Jana Burešová of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies at the University of London gave a talk at the Czech Embassy on the ways in which both Czech and German-speaking exiles from Czechoslovakia during the Second World War acted to promote knowledge...

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Friends' Lecture - Prague and Innsbruck: the cultural patronage of the Archduke Ferdinand II. A lecture by Caroline Cannon-Brookes

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On 8th January 2019 the art historian Caroline Cannon-Brookes gave a fascinating lecture in the Czech Embassy, London, about the life of Habsburg Archduke Ferdinand II (1529- 1595) and the collections amassed by him. Born the second son of the future Emperor Ferdinand I and Anne of Bohemia, he was Regent of Bohemia for twenty years in the middle of...

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FRIENDS' WORKING PARTY The historic mill at Polnička, Žďár nad Sázavou

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The full extent of this project became apparent only as the work proceeded. We knew we were to clean out a disused mill and our combined team of Czech and UK volunteers spent a week clearing dirt and rubbish, which had lain undisturbed since the mill was last used in 1957. There was a tragic tale as the last miller was arrested and imprisoned by th...

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Working Party in Žďár nad Sázavou

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There was local publicity in Žďár nad Sázavou about our recent working party in June. The front cover of this newpaper has the caption 'The British on their knees. They're fixing monuments'.

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The Friends' summer outing to Eltham Palace

On Thursday 7th June 2018 after we met in the morning in the Marmaris Café, Chris Sumner, a landscape historian, took us on a guided tour of the Well Hall Pleasaunce opposite the café. Well Hall Pleasaunce was opened as a public garden jn 1933 and contains a rectangular moated island, the site of the long-demolished Well Hall, home in the 1520s of ...

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Tour Historic Bohemia - 24th September to 3rd October 2018


Organised by The Friends, this was a unique opportunity to visit top historic sites in Bohemia and to meet the experts who look after them. Specialists from the NPÚ, the Czech National Heritage Institute, and others - accompanied us to Strahov Abbey, the Palace Gardens below Prague Castle, Konopiště Castle, the Château of Krásný Dvůr, Karlštejn Cas...

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Dvořák’s less familiar career: networking in the salons of Prague and the long road to operatic success


29th May 2018. Held in the Czech Embassy London, this was a hugely interesting lecture, full of little-known facts not only about the composer Dvořák but also the literary and the musical scene in Prague and the Empire in the 19th century. The title was 'Dvořák’s less familiar career: networking in the salons of Prague and the long road to operatic...

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Lecture by our Chairman, London, in March 2018


THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANCIENT BUILDINGS Our Chairman Peter Jamieson is giving a talk in the 2018 Spring Lecture Series: 'Conservation in a Far-away Country: Responding to a Turbulent Past' , date changed to Tuesday 27th March due to severe weather. The SPAB website explains: "Founded in 2007, the Friends of Czech Heritage brings togethe...

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Progress at the Château of Čečovice


Miroslava Šusová of the Association of Protectors of Monuments has sent us news of the improvements at the château in western Bohemia, which had suffered serious neglect for many years until she, her son and local volunteers made huge efforts to bring it back to life. The Friends of Czech Heritage gave a grant in 2015 and since then larger funding ...

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