AFFECTIVE DIGITAL HISTORIES: WHAT, WHERE, HOW?

Posted: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:48 by Rav Kaur

AFFECTIVE DIGITAL HISTORIES: WHAT, WHERE, HOW?

Affective Digital Histories: Re-creating De-Industrialised Places, 1970s to the Present is a research project which explores the lost and untold experiences of the people who have and do live and work in former industrial buildings at two locations in the East Midlands: Leicester's Cultural Quarter and Glossop, a mill town in North Derbyshire.

Having kicked off last autumn, the project has really started to gather some momentum in the last couple of months. We've held workshops and awarded creative writing commissions. Here we'll document the project as it progresses. Researchers, collaborators and co-producers will use this blog to describe what we're up to, the types of data we're producing, the fascinating resources we locate and creative responses to them.

Affective Digital Histories has emerged from several earlier projects, notably the St Georges app, produced by Leicester University, Cuttlefish and Phoenix, in collaboration and Nottingham and Nottingham Trent Universities. You can read more about the app (and how to download it) here.

Many of our initial resources – including historical and contemporary photographs and oral histories - were compiled during the development of the app and can be found in our digital archive. We're now in the process of adding to this resource and we're always on the look-out for photographs, ephemera and memories of the Cultural Quarter (then the St Georges area) between the 1970s and 1990s. Did you work at Rowley's, dance at the Palais, rave at Dielectric or rock New Romantic chic at Helsinki? We would LOVE to hear from you! Drop us a line, by leaving a comment below or emailing us: affective@le.ac.uk.

Of course, Affective Digital Histories isn't just about Leicester. We're also looking at Glossop, a former mill town in the north of Derbyshire. As factories and warehouses in the St George's area closed down and were replaced by often sub and counter-cultural activities, so too the situation in Glossop. The Glossop 'stream' of the project draws on several previous projects led by the University of Leicester, notably 'Glossopoly'.

There is a load more to come over the next few months, including lots of opportunities for members of the public to get involved in the project. Keep an eye on the 'News' section of the website for details of upcoming events.

Amy

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