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Sounds of the Cultural Quarter: some thank yous

Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:20 by Amy Barnes

Sounds of the Cultural Quarter: some thank yous

By Colin Hyde

One of the features of the Sounds of the Cultural Quarter app is that we have attempted to recreate sounds of the past as well as capturing sounds of the present. Where we haven't been able to do this ourselves we have had to seek help and this blog post is a 'thank you' to all those who have assisted us in the creation of the app. First, thank you to all the individuals who recorded sound on their mobile phones and sent them to us. Second, while other blog posts have thanked Leicester Transport Heritage Trust and Halford Shoes, these are the other organisations and companies who have been so helpful:

Big John's Auto Service for permission to record in the workshop.

Cobra Emergency Videos for permission to use the sound from their video 'Ex-West Mercia Police - Old Ford Transit Van Ride Along - with Two Tones!'. The Cobra Emergency Videos You Tube channel is a gold mine of emergency vehicles.

Institute for Creative Leather Technologies at the University of Northampton for allowing Andrew Hill to record the sounds of their tannery.

Mosaic, for sending us the words and music to the 'Song of the Guild of the Crippled'. Thanks also to Claire Hudson for singing the song.

Music Junkie, Lee Street, for permission to record in the shop.

Pantherella Socks. When we went to record their machinery the BBC came with us.

Queens Street Apartments for distributing our email that resulted in recordings of both Athena and the swimming pool at the Apartments.

St George's Church for permission to record part of a service and Angela Zarac for ringing the bell so enthusiastically.

Steve Inglesant at Leicester's Wholesale Market at Freeman's Common, for permission to record the sound of the market.

Studio 79 for permission to record in their dance studio.

The Leicester Mercury newspaper for recording the sound of their newsroom.

The Shed, for permission to record at the venue.

The Shirdi Sai Baba Temple for allowing us to use music recorded in the Temple.

Torsten Nilsson and his recordings of industrial machines. A remarkable collection that you can experience via You Tube or the Work With Sounds website.

The St Georges area of the future, as envisioned in 1949

Posted: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:16 by Amy Barnes

The St Georges area of the future, as envisioned in 1949

By Colin Hyde

An interesting piece of trivia about the Cultural Quarter has been unearthed in the pages of a 1949 edition of a short-lived journal called The Leicestershire and Rutland Magazine. Post-war traffic plans for Leicester at that time envisaged a series of bus stations around the city, one of which was to have been on the site of what is now Curve Theatre.

On this map you can see the Odeon cinema (now Athena) top centre and the area occupied by Curve beneath. The current NCP car park was built on the site of Leicester's Wholesale Market, which was obviously going to be demolished in the 1949 plan along with most of the area (where is Yeoman Street or Halford Street?). We can only guess why the planners felt the need for another cinema (top left), although this was the pre-television era and the appetite for cinema was huge.

This development, had it gone ahead, would have completely erased the street plan of this part of the Cultural Quarter. However, by the time the various post-war plans made it into policy they had become the 1952 city development plan, which toned down the need for multiple bus stations in favour of three ring roads and multi-storey car parks. But that, as they say, is another story…

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