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The Affective Digital Histories archive comprises open and publicly accessible data, including images, press cuttings, audio and video clips, and creative commissions. The materials have been digitised and catalogued by researchers at the University of Leicester and can be accessed here via the Explorer, or through the University of Leicester's own Special Collections Online.

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1800s
1910s

Rowley's fire, 1911

Rowley's fire, 1911

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1914

1920s

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse

Guild of the Crippled, 1927

1930s

Freeman, Hardy and Willis building, c.1930.

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

1950s

Just rubble: remains of the original warehouse in 1955

Victorian grandeur: original 1880's warehouse of Freeman, Hardy and Willis

Wimbledon Works, Leicester

Video of a man talking about his memories of the industrial area before the cultural quarter was established.

Collection of photographs of St. George's Church and churchyard. Part 2.

1960s

Video of a man talking about his memories of the industrial area before the cultural quarter was established.

Collection of photographs of St. George's Church and churchyard. Part 2.

St George's Churchyard, 1966

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1969

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Johnson and Barnes Ltd. the knitwear manufacturers.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Faire Brothers Ltd.

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

1970s

Collection of photographs of St. George's Church and churchyard. Part 2.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Johnson and Barnes Ltd. the knitwear manufacturers.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Faire Brothers Ltd.

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding immigration to Leicester. Part 2

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding immigration.

Collection of photographs of Charles Street (2)

Collection of photographs of Charles Street.

Northern Soul Night at Palais de Danse

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

Northern Souls Night at the Palais de Dance.

Official opening tomorrow

Two newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding the Woodworkers' Trading Company.

Warehouse to be turned into a hotel

An Imperial Typewriter.

Interview with George Cole.

Cannon House

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Deuce House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Immigration to Leicester by Ugandan Asians. Part 2.

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

1980s

Happy Birthday Phoenix

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Faire Brothers Ltd.

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

Interview with George Cole.

Cannon House

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Deuce House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Immigration to Leicester by Ugandan Asians. Part 2.

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

Collection of photographs of Alexandra House.

Stonemasons working on the renovation of St George's Church tower, 1986

Love the life you liveā€¦live the life you love

Gays want a city cafe

Video [audio only] of a former taxi driver who has memories of the Cultural Quarter.

A colour video (duration 1 minute 9 seconds) of a married couple talking about their first date at the Baker's Arms pub and their memories of the Cultural Quarter before it was redeveloped. The start of the video appears to have been cut off.

1990s

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Faire Brothers Ltd.

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

Cannon House

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Deuce House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

Video [audio only] of a former taxi driver who has memories of the Cultural Quarter.

A colour video (duration 1 minute 9 seconds) of a married couple talking about their first date at the Baker's Arms pub and their memories of the Cultural Quarter before it was redeveloped. The start of the video appears to have been cut off.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding nightclubs, in particular Zoots.

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Interview with an anonymous man born in 1970.

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 1

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

St George's Church (Serbian Orthodox), 1996

Victorian factory is back in fashion

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Interview with Sheila Ghelani.

2000s

Closing machine

Deuce House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

A colour video (duration 1 minute 9 seconds) of a married couple talking about their first date at the Baker's Arms pub and their memories of the Cultural Quarter before it was redeveloped. The start of the video appears to have been cut off.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 2

J. Herbert Marshall Music Depot, 2003

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Rowley's and Courtauld's, c.2000

The G-Spot club in 2009, situated in the Queen's Building.

The Queen's Building 2009, detail of the decoration.

The Queen's Building 2009, detail of the windows

Urray House, 2004

Wimbledon House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Athena, 2002

Athena, 2005

Curve and G-Spot at Christmas, 2009

Curve under construction, 2006

Curve under construction, 2006

Exchange Building, 2003

Exchange Building, 2003

A colour video (duration 1 minute 28 seconds) of a man talking about Phoenix Arts, in particular his memories of working there and his enjoyment of going to see films at the Phoenix.

2010s

Closing machine

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

A colour video (duration 1 minute 28 seconds) of a man talking about Phoenix Arts, in particular his memories of working there and his enjoyment of going to see films at the Phoenix.

Rutland Street Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market.

Looking towards the Rowley Building from old tannery car park.

Manhattan 34, 2011

Old and new graffiti in the Queen's building, 2013

Old and new graffiti in the Queen's building, 2013

Old and new graffiti in the Queen's building, 2013

Socks made by Cherub

The Queen's Building 2012, the G-Spot has left the building which is again available to let

The Queen's building, 2013

Building works Squirrel Building.

Butter dish.

Charles Street.

Critical Mass bike ride in Orton Square.

Electrical substation on Queen Street.

Pepper mill.

St George's Street bird song.

Graffiti with the Phoenix building in the background taken from alongside St George's Way.

Graffiti opposite The Shed.

Graffiti on the far edge of the Phoenix car park.

Graffiti on the far edge of the Phoenix car park alongside St George's Way.

Curve Theatre interior.

Phoenix, taken from alongside St George's Way.

Sosho nightclub from the corner

Sosho nightclub from the front, sign and door

St. George's Church

Studio 79.

Tannery sign at Queen Street car park.

A video (duration 34 seconds) with the image blanked out , the audio is a man talking about his positive memories of taking part in the play "East" by Stephen Berkoff at Curve, directed by Paul Kerryson, and how the experience influenced his future.

Wimbledon House doorway.

Rowley's factory building.

Curve, 2012

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