Cine Ricordi

Cine Ricordi is an online archive that allows users to explore the history of Italian cinema-going through a portal that reconstructs the historic cinema networks of eight major cities (Rome, Milan, Turin, Florence, Naples, Bari, Cagliari and Palermo).

The key aim of this project was to engage both older and younger generations with the research gathered during the first phase of the Italian Cinema Audiences project by facilitating their participation in the co-curation of an archive that preserves and promotes the history of Italian culture.cinericordi

Through the process of ‘deep-mapping’, the archive integrates our collected data (questionnaires and video-interviews) with new and unexplored archival resources.

The Cine Ricordi online archive includes digitised artefacts related to cinema-going as well as crowd-sourced collections from individual’s private archives (comprising of photos, programmes, leaflets, private letters, signed posters, etc.), which were gathered in collaboration with our partners UNITRE, Archivio Nazionale di Stato and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.

Through a programme of community outreach, the project also works with schools and libraries to promote intergenerational engagement in Italy’s cultural heritage. The Cine Ricordi archive enables two different generations of cinema-goers to take control of their shared cultural heritage in order to become the living curators of a virtual archive of the cinema-going experience.


Duration: 2017- 2018

Project Team

  • Dr Daniela Treveri Gennari (Principal Investigator – Oxford Brookes University)
  • Gustavo Cuccini (Co-Investigator – UNITRE)
  • Sarah Culhane (Research Associate – Oxford Brookes University)
  • Clara Giannini (Research Associate – Oxford Brookes University)
  • Ryan Bloor (Developer – The Digital Humanities Institute)
  • Michael Pidd (Director – The Digital Humanities Institute)