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The Flood in Florence, 1966: A Fifty-Year Retrospective
November 3–4, 2016
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
On November 4, 1966 the Arno River in Florence, Italy, flooded its banks,
breaching the basements and first floors of museums, libraries, and private
residences, and burying centuries of books, manuscripts, and works of art
in muck and muddy water. The flood in Florence galvanized a fledgling
conservation community into action. In the intervening decades, successive
generations of professionals have advanced the practice of conservation and
preservation, imbuing the profession with a global view of the value of
cultural heritage and fully embracing the technical details of materials
*The Flood in Florence, 1966: A Fifty-Year Retrospective* symposium will
examine the enduring lessons of a half-century of innovative materials
research, professional practice, and education and training. Papers
presented at the symposium will be published by the University of Michigan
*Registration* for the symposium is required. While there is no cost to
attend, the number of participants we can accommodate is limited. The
symposium program and a link to the registration form are on the symposium
The symposium is sponsored by the University of Michigan Library,
University of Michigan School of Information, and University of Michigan
Museum of Art, with generous gifts from the Northeast Document Conservation
Center and Preservation Technologies, Inc.
*Screening of 1966 Franco Zeffirelli documentary: Florence: Days of
Thursday November 3, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the University of Michigan Museum
of Art (Helmut Stern Auditorium). Free and open to the public.
Italian film maker Franco Zeffirelli was finishing up work on *Taming of
the Shrew* in November 1966 when he learned of the devastating flood in
Florence. He immediately turned his crew and their talents to the recovery
effort by creating, within a month of the flood, his only documentary: *Per
Firenze* (For Florence) and an English version *Florence: Days of
Destruction. *Both Italian and English versions are narrated by actor
Richard Burton. The documentary raised millions of dollars in aid for
Also shown will be Roger Hill's *The Restoration of Books, Florence, 1968*.
More information about the film screening is available at
*Exhibit: The Florence Flood, November 1966: The Conservation of Books at
the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale and Beyond.*
September 1 - December 21st at the Hatcher Graduate Library, Clark Library,
2nd Floor. Free and open to the public.
Curated by Dr. Cathleen A. Baker, this exhibit focuses on the destruction
in Florence during the flood of November 4, 1966, and the recovery effort
to salvage historic books and artwork.
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