ITCM News:

Jadranka Lady Beresford-Peirse MBE

The International Trust for Croatian Monuments are delighted to announce that our founder Jadranka Lady Beresford-Peirse has been awarded an MBE for 'services to UK/Croatia relations, to Philanthropy and to the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Croatia' in the King's Birthday Honours 2024 Overseas and International List: Knight Bachelor and Order of the British Empire.

Jadranka would very much like to thank the Trust’s benefactors in the United Kingdom for their generous contributions to the work of the trust and to all the specialists that the trust has worked with in this country and in Croatia for their dedication to the work of restoring buildings and cultural heritage over the last 33 years.

14th June 2024

In memory of RADOSLAV TOMIĆ, March 2024

Radoslav Tomić, eminent Croatian art historian and member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, died on 17 March 2024, aged 67.  Radoslav battled bravely against a cruel disease for almost four years.  He worked until the very end.

Apart from teaching duties at several universities in Croatia, Radoslav wrote many books and exhibition catalogues and scientific articles.  One of his last books was “Patron Saints in the Art of the 17th and 18th Centuries in Dalmatia, Boka Kotorska and the Republic of Dubrovnik”, published in 2022.  He came from Poljica, to the east and southeast of Split, and was educated in Omiš, Split and Zagreb.  Nobody knew more about the Renaissance and Baroque art of this part of the country and his knowledge of things past and present was unequalled.  Apart from his family, Radoslav will be sadly missed by all his students and colleagues and his many friends around the world.

Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts:  In Memoriam, Akademik Radoslav Tomic

The Burlington Magazine October 2023 ...

The Burlington Magazine article 'Croatia Across Borders' - October 2023 ...

The Burlington Magazine article 'Croatia Across Borders' - October 2023
Our reply in the letters column ...

The City of Dubrovnik Award:

Jadranka Njers Beresford-Peirse, the founder and trustee of the International Trust for Croatian Monuments, received from the Town Council of the City of Dubrovnik an award for “exceptional achievements in restoration, protection and promotion of Dubrovnik and Croatian cultural heritage”, on 2nd February 2023, the day of the City of Dubrovnik and St Blaise’s Day, the Patron Saint of Dubrovnik.

Above:  Lady Jadranka Beresford-Peirse receives her award from the City of Dubrovnik.

Above:  The church of St Blaise, Dubrovnik.

On the extreme right is the allegorical figure of “Faith”, which the Trust had restored following an exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1996.

Above:  The harbour of Dubrovnik

Above:  Dubrovnik at night

Click here for further details of the award...

The Art Newspaper article ...

An article from The Art Newspaper on an exhibition on St Jerome:

St Jerome


An exhibition on Klimt, from the June 2021 online pages of the Apollo magazine

reproduced here with kind permision of the Apollo Magazine

Please click here to read the original article

New book on Croatia:

Book on The Historical Geography of Croatia

A review of the book in 2021


  • Zana Matulic Bilac, senior conservator/restorer from Split, sends this SOS message. Donations gratefully received, either as outlined here (please click), or through our Trust, in which case, if you tax-paying UK citizen, the Trust will receive another 25% from the UK Government.
  • On Sunday 22nd March 2020, ZAGREB, the capital of Croatia, suffered an earthquake of 5.3 on the Richter scale.
    Click here to learn more.
    for videos, please click here and click here.
  • An article by Anna Somers Cocks on the earthquakes in Croatia
    Click here to read the article ...
  • Earthquakes shake Croatia again:
    Since the earthquake in March 2020 there have been constant tremors in Croatia, around Zagreb and the wider area. On Sunday 27th December an earthquake shook the countryside around Sisak and Petrinja, about 50km southeast of Zagreb. This was repeated on Tuesday 29th December, when a much stronger one, of over 6 degrees on the Richter scale, hit the same area. This is, luckily, a rural part of Croatia, sparsely inhabited, with little farms and holdings, small houses, mainly built by the local people themselves. Many of these people have now lost their homes, but thankfully only seven lives have been lost. There are great efforts going on in Croatia to help the homeless, some of them sharing quarters with their animals. This human tragedy requires urgent attention and we must hope and pray that with coordinated efforts help will reach all who need it as quickly as possible.
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  • On another note, over 30 churches in the diocese of Sisak have been badly damaged, some beyond repair, including, possibly, the cathedral in Sisak. Here we reproduce, with permission, an article written by Dr Stephen Bartulica, professor of political philosophy at the Catholic University in Zagreb and an MP, and published in “The Catholic World”, 6 January 2021.
  • There are also photographs of some of the churches which tell their own story.
  • Zagreb did not escape these tremors unscathed. The most lovely Baroque collegiate church of St Catherine in the Upper Town, which was badly affected in March 2020 and structurally weakened, lost a part of its roof. Further damage is recorded on the church of St Mark’s, the oldest architectural monument in Zagreb, also in the Upper Town. There will be more coming to our knowledge as time goes.


Peter Stormonth Darling:

  • We are extremely saddened by the sudden death of our Trustee, Peter Stormonth Darling.  Please click here.

John Julius Norwich:

  • We announce with great sadness the death of John Julius Norwich, Viscount Norwich.  Please click here.