OUR NEWSLETTER Issue 25 out now

A wide-ranging publication appearing twice a year, see below for free downloadsIssue25CompoSmall

- Chairman’s Report

- Tornado in South Moravia: Valtice Appeal

- Lipnice Bible Returns Home After 600 Years
(618KB) by Ladislav Langpaul

- The Jakobínka Tower, Rožmberk,
Receives a Special Mention

- The Challenges of Reconciliation: One Family’s Experience (236KB) by Peter Ratzer

- What Remains of Everyday Life in Czech Historic Houses (1.13MB) by Milan Svoboda

- One Man’s Plan for a Peaceful Union: Pan-Europa, a Forerunner of Today’s EU by Martyn Bond

- Reviews and Friends' Events

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Issue8PromoWebThe Friends are very pleased to acknowledge the help of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Czech Republic in the production of their Newsletter



Articles available to download as PDFs:


The Rebirth of the Abbey Church at Žďár nad Sázavou (660KB) by Zbyněk Vintr

Třeboň: Cinderella or the Sleeping Beauty? (1013KB) by Jan Mladovský 

How I Saved a Czech Historic Building (547KB) by Steven Brummel

The Park at Krásný Dvůr (599KB) by Prof. PhDr. Pavel Vlček

The Lively World of Prague Coffee Houses (270KB) by Eva Bendová

The Trade Fair Palace, Prague 1924-28 (366KB) by Ivan Margolius     

Saving and Rebuilding Schindler's Ark (663KB) by Daniel Low-Beer

A Forgotten Cubist Gem in Bohemia - the Villa Benies (678KB) by Eva Hrončeková

Rebuilding, Moving and Restoration: the dilemmas of preserving historic buildings (1.47MB) by Peter Jamieson



Josef Schaffer – A Historicist Architect in Mariánské Lázně (1006KB) by Peter Ratzer

Appreciating the Bauhaus (282KB) by Peter Jamieson

Thonet Bentwood Furniture (389KB) by Ivan Margolius

Antonin Raymond, an Architectural Journey (780KB) by Yola Gloaguen

The Industrial Heritage of Ostrava - Authenticity at the Crossroads (892KB) by Mgr. Květa Jordánová, University of Ostrava 

Cars, Furniture, Architecture: the Tatra car and its influence (910KB) by Ivan Margolius 

Tatra as the Modern World Symbol (805KB) by Ivan Margolius

Jan Blažej Santini-Aichel (938KB) by Caroline Cannon-Brookes

The Czechoslovak Embassy, London (512KB) Peter Jamieson interviews Zdeněk Rothbauer



Effigies of Přemyslid Rulers (567KB) by Jana Gajdošová 

Egon Schiele and Český Krumlov (793KB)  by Frances Blythe

A Bohemian Devil in Sweden: The 'Codex Gigas' and its Travels (1114KB) by Mark Whelan PhD

St Vitus Treasure on View to the Public (129.76KB) by Professor Ivo Hlobil

Irena Sedlecka, a Personal Tribute (908KB) by Peter Cannon-Brookes



From Chronicles to Plague Columns: the Black Death in Bohemia' (448KB) by Mark Whelan (448KB)

The Slave Labour of Architects and Technicians in Czechoslovakia (411KB) by Šárka Koukalová

Charles IV and the New Town of Prague (3.162MB) by Dagmar Šmrhová

Historic Bohemia: The Friends of Czech Heritage Tour (1.5MB) by Barbara Peacock

Low-Beer, Tugendhat and Stiassni Reunion, Brno 2017 (358KB) by Iain R. Smith

What Volunteering Has Done for Me (170KB) by Rupert Emery

The Aristocracy of the Czech Lands in European Diplomacy (640KB) by Eva Kolářová 

The Robot of Prague (680KB) by Ivan Margolius 

Writing ‘The Architecture of Prague and Bohemia’ (1.36MB) by Brian Knox

Beethoven and the musical history of the Château of Hradec nad Moravicí (902KB) by Markéta Wiesnerová 

Mozart and the Czechs (548KB) by Catherine Sprague 

Coming to know the Czech lands (478KB) by Barbara Peacock

How to Deal with a Complicated History - Is Brno and its Festival a Good Example? (310KB) by Petr Kalousek

Brexit and Honour - from the Heart of Europe (375KB) by Daniel Low-Beer



The Czech Language is not Difficult to Sing (107KB) by Karel Janovický

Two Decades of Freedom – after Twice as Long of Life without (205KB) by Josef Jařab

Queen of the Castle (221KB) The Sixties at Rožmberk Castle by Nora Mlíkovská