Read about the founding and history of The Friends
Image: Castle of Pernštejn. Courtesy NPÚ. © Čapková
AWARDS TO OUR FOUNDERS:
Barbara Peacock awarded by the UK Prime Minister, here
Ian Kennaway awarded by the Czech Minister of Culture, here
Please buy 'Age of Storms' by Peter Kysel, a memoir of life in 20th-century Czechoslovakia, just published
The Friends have been organising working holidays for volunteers in the Czech Republic this summer: details here.
Two have already taken place and the final one runs from 8th-15th September 2017 at Krásný Dvůr, helping the restoration of the renowned landscape garden at Krásný Dvůr.
Lecture in London on Thursday 26th October by Christine Sitwell: 'Cultural Connections - the National Trust visits the Czech Republic'. Christine Sitwell is the Paintings Conservation Adviser for the National Trust
The Robot of Prague: the Czech origin of the universal word 'robot'/ Reports on our projects/ A forgotten Cubist gem in Bohemia - the Villa Benies/ Josef Schaffer - a historicist architect in Mariánksé Lazně/ Czechoslovak Functionalism / Červený Dvůr and the Fate of the ‘Mauricovna’
The Czech Republic, situated in the heart of Europe, and comprising the historic regions of Bohemia, Moravia and Czech Silesia has a cultural legacy of international significance, with twelve UNESCO-listed sites. This small country has the largest concentration of great houses and palaces in Europe, built by Czech Renaissance magnates and the wealthy nobility of the Habsburg Empire, while the castles that are such a dramatic feature of the landscape reflect Bohemia's power and influence in the Middle Ages. Take an aerial tour of some sites by clicking on this video:
What The Friends of Czech Heritage Do
We are able to give small grants to a variety of projects and welcome applications from owners of historic buildings, gardens and parks in the Czech Republic. See the map for our projects to date. These can be privately owned, or may belong to the State or local municipality. Please tell us about the cultural, historical and educational importance of your property, and the extent of public access. Outline what funds you need and what you would wish to do with the help or money. Grants are given subject to certain conditions, which we can be sent on request. Map base ©Lencer Email:
Download the list of projects where the Friends have helped here (2.64MB PDF)