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January 31, 2024
The January Uprising which spurred on Polish Independence

Many people say that it would be impossible to establish an independent Polish state in 1918 without the sacrifices made during the Powstanie Styczniowe (January Uprising)of 1863.  Józef Piłsudski, like many...

December 23, 2023
Who brings your Polish Christmas presents?

As children, with my parents we would always have Wigilia (Christmas Eve) with our grandparents, uncle, aunt and older cousins around a huge table in their old house. We would...

October 27, 2023
Polish funerals – beliefs and traditions

As the 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' progresses into winter and 'nothing gold does stay,' our thoughts turn to the upcoming days of remembrance. In honouring our dearest departed...

September 30, 2023
Polish Book “The Peasants” has a worldwide renaissance

Nearly 100 years after Władysław Reymont won the Nobel Prize for literature, his epic book „Chłopi"(The Peasants) has entered the world stage in a blaze of colour. An animated film...

August 31, 2023
Wilno Polish City of Dreams

The beautiful panorama of the city of Wilno has been an inspiration for artists and writers throughout the centuries who called it home. Adam Mickiewicz to Juliusz Słowacki, Stanisław Moniuszko...

July 4, 2023
General Sikorski : one soldier remembers

“The tragic death of General Sikorski enveloped the entire country and the Polish nation in mourning. To all the other losses was added the greatest and the most painful of...

June 28, 2023
Empire Windrush: just another journey for Polish refugees

On the 75th anniversary of Empire Windrush, author Jane Raca has kindly agreed to write this piece: On 22 June 1948 the Empire Windrush, a ship that has become famous...

May 30, 2023
Poland’s lost palaces and stately homes

I have a fascination with the British aristocracy, the endurance of hereditary titles and the permanence of their many opulent residences.  Whilst the 20th century brought with it many problems and changes...

May 5, 2023
Coronations in Poland and plundered crowns

As the UK has celebrated the accession of King Charles III to the throne, I’m looking back at Polish coronations, the crowns used and particularly to the lavish coronation of a...

April 2, 2023
Easter the Polish Way

As we gear up for Easter week, I've put together a few articles you might enjoy about Polish traditions. Starting with this weekend, when for Palm Sunday we weave palms...

March 30, 2023
Young Poland artists shaping the future through nature and rural life

I've always loved this poster by Teodor Axentowicz for the 1898 Society of Polish Artists exhibition. I took inspiration from it for Polish at Heart’s brand colours. The woman’s head...

February 10, 2023
Objects tell the truth of deportations of Poles to Russia

10 February - Hundreds of thousands, possibly up to 1.6 million people interrogated, detained and forcibly deported to isolated regions of the far east of Russia. This would have been the...

January 26, 2023
Lions of their time – the forgotten first Polish women in power

 Few people today can name any one of the first eight women in 1919 who were elected to the first Polish Sejm of the II Republic following women receiving the vote.  The female Poselki...

January 5, 2023
5 reasons decluttering is so hard in a Polish home

Among my New Year's resolutions, is one to carry on getting a grip on my tidying abilities - in fact, to relearn how to tidy. Tidying a home (particularly if...

December 23, 2022
Where do your Wigilia (Christmas Eve) dishes come from?

As we gather for our Wigila (Christmas Eve) supper, the dishes we prepare are a mixture of traditions from our families. By repeating these customs, we create memories for future generations...