MJP are pleased to continue to support the charity The Friends of Czech Historic Buildings, Gardens and Parks in its work to repair and conserve the substantial legacy of historic buildings and their contents, artefacts, gardens and parks in the Czech Republic.
For the past two years MJP’s Eva Pospechova has been part of a Czech Friends working group who spent a week each summer restoring the Mauricovna – a roofless ruined 18th Century estate cottage in the grounds of the chateau Cerveny Dvur in South Bohemia. Cerveny Dvur is now a rehabilitation hospital for adults with drug and alcohol related problems. The director of the hospital is committed to preserving the unique interiors of the chateau, its gardens and outlying buildings with involvement of the NPU (the Czech National Heritage Institute) and Czech Friends.
The two summers of excavations and preparatory conservation work by the working group have made the building ready for its next stage – the reintroduction of a roof.
It is hoped that once the cottage has been restored it will be used by the hospital as accommodation where families and patients can stay together as part of their rehabilitation therapy.
Peter Jamieson (who was one of MJP’s founding partners) is head of projects for the Czech Friends and was also part of the Mauricovna working groups. Peter has written about the progess of the project in the Friends of Czech Historic Buildings, Gardens and Parks Newsletter (attached below).