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Czech and Slovak émigré architects in Britain

April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The talk is being given by John East, an expert in the field and the 20th Century Society photographer. In 2021 he gave The Friends a sweeping review of Czech architecture in the modern era.
To complement the talk, The Friends are also organising a tour of some of the buildings in London, with which these architects are associated, details to be announced.

Against a background of various forms of oppression, the UK benefited from the arrival of Czech and Slovak architects escaping the brutalities of the Nazi regime in the late 1930s and more recently the oppression of the post-World War Two Communist state.

Émigré architects such as Eugene Rosenberg, Ernst Wiesner, Jacques Groag and Erwin Katona chose to remain here and went on to make an important contribution to the rebuilding of Britain.

Likewise in the period following the Prague Spring of 1968 we benefitted from those architects who chose to make their lives here. Eva Jiříčná, Jan Kaplicky and Ivan Margolius amongst others have been very influential in the architectural movements of our times.

Tickets £15 including a glass of wine.

All proceeds raised go towards the care and conservation of Czech historic heritage.

Images left to right: Selfridges, Birmingham, © Mcginnly/ YRM office, GreystokePlace © No Swan So Fine/ Somerset House © traveljunction. All from Creative Commons Wikimedia.



April 30
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Friends of Czech Heritage
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Czech Embassy
26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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