Cinema Memories


Cultural Memory and British Cinema-Going of the 1960s

Cultural Memory and British Cinema-going of the 1960s (AH/K000446/1) was a research project financed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

It ran from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015 and was designed to collect the memories of those who went to British cinemas in the 1960s – a crucial decade in the history of cinema and Britain in general.

We would like to thank very warmly everyone who took part (almost 1000 in all) by returning questionnaires or agreeing to be interviewed.
During the project, we also organised or helped organise 30 screenings of 1960s films and gave 12 talks in differing locations across the UK. We are also most grateful to people who came to these events.

While the project itself in its original form has ended, its findings in the form of anonymised questionnaires and interview transcripts form a searchable digital collection on the UCL Library website. They are available on open-access online both to scholars, researching the cultural and social history of Britain and/or cinema history in the 1960s, and to people who have an interest in the history of their own locality, wish to compare their own personal memories with those of others, or are simply curious to know what it was like going to the cinema in Britain half a century ago.