A message from our President, General Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank
'I am delighted to be associated with the work of the Polish Heritage Society and very honoured to serve as its President. The Society's work highlights the enormous contribution which generations of Poles have made to their adopted country. Preserving and celebrating that heritage will only further strengthen the ties between Poland and the United Kingdom.
I worked closely with the Society on the project to build a memorial to the Polish Forces at the National Memorial Arboretum and saw at first hand the energy and dedication of those involved.
I encourage you to explore this website and learn about the many other projects the Society has sponsored. Do please contact us if you would like to be involved in any way'.
General The Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB LVO OBE
A Debt of Dishonour is a unique documentary film dedicated Major General Sosabowski and all ranks who served in the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade Group and to their Comrades-in-Arms of the 1st British Airborne Division that fought in the ill-fated “Operation Market Garden” at Arnhem and Driel during September 1944.
In December 2012 the recently restored portrait of Marshal Edward Rydz-Śmigły painted just before the outbreak of WWII by Jan Hawrylkiewicz (1902-1992) was unveiled by HE Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Witold Sobków, at the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum in London.
Funded by Philip Bujak, and with the help of Jurek Scibor-Kaminski a fellow founding member of the Polish Heritage Society UK, this painstaking restoration of an important Polish artwork is the second of what is a commitment by Mr. Bujak to restore two such artworks a year.
Commenting on the restoration of the Marshal Rydz-Śmigły portrait Philip Bujak said; "It was in almost unrestorable condition having been folded into four and left for many years unframed. Now fully restored the painting will hang in the newly refurbished hall at The Institute."
The first artwork to be restored in this ongoing project was the well known 'Return from a successful sortie' by renowned artist Artur Horowicz (1898-1962). At the unveiling were Pulkownik (Group Captain) Andrzej Jeziorski, last Chairman of Polish Air Force Trust, Pulkownik (Group Captain) Adam Ostrowski, former Chairman of Polish Air Force Association, London Branch and Artur Bildziuk, Chairman of Polish Airmen's Association in the United Kingdom.