University of the Third Age (U3A)

‘Remembering 1960s British Cinema-going’ is a new Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project that will last from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018. Based at University College London, its purpose is to expand awareness of the findings of the earlier AHRC-funded research project (2013-15) on ‘Cultural Memory and British Cinema-going of the 1960s.’ This collected almost 1000 respondents' memories in the form of anonymised questionnaires and interviews

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Our new project will organise a series of events in collaboration with local partners. This could be a screening of 60s films followed by a talk/presentation or simply a lecture. In all cases, plenty of time will be allowed for discussion. One of our most treasured memories from the original project is of a woman who said that listening to others talk, all her own memories of youthful cinema-going came flooding back. While we are no longer actively collecting memory data, we are very happy to talk about what we have found out and help others to share their own memories of the time.

We collaborated with U3A on some events during our earlier work. If local U3A organisations would like to collaborate with us on a new 60s cinema event, do please get in touch with Melvyn Stokes (m.stokes@ucl.ac.uk) as soon as possible.