As we are not able at this time to provide a complete translation of every section and subheading or theme area of the website, we will proceed to describe exactly what the Historical Institute of Modena is and does. We will also explain the structural concept of the website so that the arrangement of topics, sectors and activities will be understandable to users who do not have a full command of the Italian language.


Modena Institute for the history of the Resistance and Contemporary Society

The Modena History Institute is a non profit-making cultural institution founded in 1950 by a number of anti-Fascists and Partisans, including the Mayor of Modena Alfeo Corassori, to study the Resistance in the Modena area and preserve the relative documentary material. With the passage of time, it has become an institute of contemporary history, focusing on the history of the entire Twentieth Century , and this shift was officially recognised in 1987.

The Institute is funded by Modena’s Provincial Council and the local Municipalities, in recognition of the public services it offers the local population, and its educational and cultural activities. Institutional members include the local Partisan, Workers’ and Co-operative associations.

The History Institute holds an impressive body of documents, comprising a historic collection of over 120 archives relating to Modena’s Twentieth Century history, a library specialised in contemporary history, and a photographic and audio-visual archive. All services are free of charge and open to the public.

An important sector of the Institute’s activity is the provision of courses for history teachers and the preparation of teaching materials. Its cultural activities involve the promotion of historic research, the organisation of exhibitions, debates, seminars and congresses, the publication of books on history and the history research journal “Novecento”'; and the scientific management of the Museum of the Partisan Republic of Montefiorino.

The History Institute forms part of the network of over sixty similar Institutes dedicated to the Resistance, headed by the Milan national Institute for the history of the Italian liberation movement. Today, this network of Institutes is Italy’s largest, best-organised structure for the study of contemporary history (after the universities), for the collection and proper conservation of historic documentation (after the State Archives) and for the training and information of teachers. The national Institute and the network which it co-ordinates enjoy Government recognition under law n. 3, 16 January 1967.


The website

This website was designed in respect of the most recent laws on the subject of the design, organization and management of websites for public organizations, so as to be accessible even to disabled users. The website was tested in a number of ways to ensure the usability and accessibility of the web pages. The use of the most significant and accredited validators gave positive results, guaranteeing the quality achieved.

The graphic layout tries to make your search more intuitive, without unnecessary frills, leaving room for the content and documents that will be most helpful to your understanding of the topics covered.

The classification of areas is broken down into sectors of activity: a main area concerned with information about the initiatives, projects and materials produced by the Institute; a secondary area containing information about the life of the association and the organizations with which it collaborates or is connected. The sectors contained in the cultural projects area and the spaces devoted to institutional life are structured so as to first provide a presentation of the section and then to provide more and more detail on the basis of the user's requests for additional information.

Though the website places more emphasis on the work done by the Institute and the news connected with its institutional life, it also provides opportunities for reflection on topics linked to the public use of history: the home page offers a local and national view of the subjects of greatest interest, discussed more in depth in the specific sections.


Website structure

History and current events: this section covers some of the key topics of public discussion about history (such as memories of the Resistance movement, violence during and after the war, the eastern border, etc.) and provides instruments for a deeper analysis of the complex subject of the public uses of history.

Scientific research: this section presents the projects under way at the Institute, and the contributions of historians to both local history and general topics.

Cultural initiatives: this section contains all the cultural initiatives proposed and promoted by the Institute, organized according to types and events.

Historic archive: this section contains all the information about existing archives and their availability, with all the necessary forms on-line for their consultation.

Library: all the information can be consulted through the collection of books, magazines, photographic and iconographic documentation of the Institute. This section lists the rules for consultation.

Instruction/training: material and information is available about the educational activities promoted by the Institute, with a special educational section for teachers, memorial itineraries, instruction workshops and courses for training and updates of teachers, as well as publications and other study aids.

Publications: all the books and other multimedia materials produced by the Institute, including magazines published in past years and no longer in print.

Memorial sites: the Institute devotes particular attention to the role of historic museums and the memorial sites of World War II, starting from the Partisan Republic Museum in Montefiorino, which is directed by the Institute. This section provides a list and descriptions of the museums and sites in the province of Modena, elsewhere in the region, as well as the rest of Italy and Europe.

Magazine 900: all the information about the magazine published by the Historical Institute of Modena.

Institute: news about the history of the Institute, its management, by-laws, institutional relations, access to its services.

Istituto per la storia della Resistenza e della società contemporanea in provincia di Modena
Viale Ciro Menotti 137 · 41100 Modena · tel. 059 219442 / 059 242377 · fax 059 214899 · e-mail: · c.f. 80010530360