permanent exhibition

palazzo Orgnani Martina - via Mistruzzi n. 4/9
33010 Venzone (UD)


friday : 15 - 19

saturday and sunday : 9 - 13 / 15 - 19


full : 5 euro / cut price : 4 euro / school children : 3 euro

Another Friuli

A new Friuli was born out of the reconstruction and there were many more plants that grew out of the rubble of this earthquake.

photo Gabriele Basilico

The first feeling in the heart of everyone was the pride of having done it at the price of great sacrifices. One could ask if it could have been done better or differently, one could wonder what was lost and what was earned in this changed Friuli.

The University of Udine was created to be a permanent instrument for the development of this territory. It was formally instituted in 1977 by the State Law for the reconstruction. Since November 1978, the University has grown constantly in number of students, faculties and research projects, characterising itself by a strong tie to the Friulan territory.

A generation of brave and far-sighted entrepreneurs guided the growth of the local economy. The seism had cancelled approximately 18,000 workplaces; the shadow of emigration had cast itself over Friuli once again, which in the past had impoverished Friuli. The skilled workers, encamped in the caravans outside the factories, took it in turns to clear away the rubble and restore production. The entrepreneurs reconstructed the workshops and modernised the systems. It was an enormous combined effort which brought its rewards; in little more than a year, the workplaces that had been lost were restored and, in 1978, the occupational levels in the earthquake area exceed those pre-quake by 17%.

The Friuli Venice Giulia Region, a source of experience matured through the activity of post-earthquake help to the local population and post-seismic reconstruction post, in 1986 laid the foundation for the creation of a modern and efficient structure of civil protection. Today, the Civil Protection of the Region invests remarkable human and technological resources in order to respond to the requirements expressed by the civil society in matters of forecasting, prevention, aid and restoration of safety conditions in the territory.
A peculiarity of the regional system of civil protection is constituted by the voluntary service, which is widely spread over the regional territory and structured in municipal groups that operate directly under the local mayor.

During the post-seism period, “Reconstruction and Development” were the key words. If the “reconstruction” had a more circumscribed and immediate character, the “development” assumed a wider vision, in which Friuli, in its position south of the Alps, could carry out its own role of connecting platform between West and East Europe, as well as between the countries of the Mediterranean and Central Europe. The existing industrial zones were enlarged and new productive poles were created. The service and transport networks were upgraded and extended.

The Gold Medal of Civil Merit, which as conferred by the Head of State to the Banners of the Region and the 45 earthquake-struck Municipalities, was the acknowledgment by Italy of the great dignity, the spirit of sacrifice and the civil commitment with which Friuli wrote one of the most beautiful pages of its history.

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