Alumnae and alumni who were students at the Courtauld fifty years ago will recall the dramatic announcement made by the Director Anthony Blunt in the Home House lecture room: Florence was inundated by a disastrous flood, and anyone who could go to help out in the mud and water was encouraged to do so. Quite a few set off to do what they could amid the devastation. Today they and all the others from around Europe and beyond who went there in November 1966 are remembered as the ‘mud angels’.
This year to mark the half-century since the disaster the British Institute of Florence has organised a short course which looks at the 1966 Florence Flood in the context of all the other floods which figured in the city’s history since early times. The programme and dates can be found in the link below. Located in the Palazzo Lanfredini overlooking the Arno, the British Institute affords the perfect place from which to remember that fateful November day fifty years ago – and for many Courtauld graduates from before and after 1966, it has its own special place in their memories as somewhere they first studied art or Italian while they were still at school, or as a place they visited before, during or after their degree studies.