Cinema and Culture in 1930s Britain

The Cinema and Culture in 1930’s Britain (CCINTB) Archive comprises materials gathered in the course of a large-scale, ongoing, research project conducted by Professor Annette Kuhn. The project began in 1991 and was funded between 1994 and 1997 by the Economic and Social Research Council. It involved depth interviews conducted with, and questionnaires completed by several hundred men and women living in various parts of the UK who were cinemagoers during the 1930s, as well as collection and analysis of primary source materials on cinema going and cinema culture in Britain during the interwar years.

Items in the Archive include:

  • audiocassettes (and some CDs), paper transcripts and electronic files of around 200 hours of interviews;
  • completed questionnaires, with analysis reports, from 186 informants;
  • a range of primary and secondary, published and unpublished, documents on cinema culture in the 1930s;
  • 1930s cinema memorabilia (including scrapbooks, cigarette card collections, film annuals, star portraits, cinema programmes, film going diaries, etc);
  • correspondence with informants.

There are also copies of reports, working papers, conference papers and publications (to 2006) deriving from the project; a portfolio of exhibition boards; records of relevant materials in other archives and libraries, etc. All the materials (with the exception of interview CDs) have been accessioned and catalogued.

Publications arising from CCINTB include:

  • Annette Kuhn, 'Cinema culture and femininity in the 1930s', in Christine Gledhill and Gillian Swanson (eds), Nationalising Femininity . Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1996.
  • Annette Kuhn, 'Cinemagoing in Britain in the 1930s: report of a questionnaire survey', Historical Journal of Radio, Film and Television, vol.19, no.4 (1999).
  • Annette Kuhn, An Everyday Magic: Cinema and Cultural Memory. London: I.B. Tauris, 2002.
  • Annette Kuhn, 'Heterotopia, heterochronia: place and time in cinema memory', Screen, vol. 45, no. 2 (2004).
  • Annette Kuhn, Children, horrific films and censorship in 1930s Britain, in Richard Maltby, Melvyn Stokes and Robert C. Allen (eds), Going to the Movies: Hollywood and the Social Experience of Cinema. Exeter: Exeter University Press, 2007.

Items from the study may be used by appointment only.