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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
1870s

Corner of Humberstone Road, c.1870.

1890s

Vestry Street Baths.

The Leicester Secular Hall

1900s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interior of the Leicester Secular Hall

H.P.Tyler's wholesale warehouse, Rutland Street

The Leicester Secular Hall

1910s

Vestry Street Baths.

1920s

Vestry Street Baths.

St George's Mills, 1927

1930s

Vestry Street Baths.

Freeman, Hardy and Willis building, c.1930.

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

1940s

Vestry Street Baths.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

1950s

Vestry Street Baths.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

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

Artist impression of the new Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

Emerged from the rubble: under construction in 1956

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

1960s

Vestry Street Baths.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

St George's Churchyard, 1966

The completed Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

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

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

1970s

Vestry Street Baths.

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

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

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Immigration to Leicester. Part 1

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

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding industrial disputes at Imperial Typewriters

Collection of photographs of Charles Street (2)

Collection of photographs of Morledge Street, corner with Southampton Street, Leicester.

Northern Soul night at the Palais de Dance

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.

Wimbledon House, 1974.

An Imperial Typewriter.

All hell broke loose, witness tells Crazy Gang trial.

Collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding the Centre Hotel, Leicester.

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Marginalia: graffiti, urban coding and the semiotics of the street.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding the Leicester United Caribbean Association. The original LUCA centre building was demolished to make way for the Curve theatre.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

1980s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

Collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding the Centre Hotel, Leicester.

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Marginalia: graffiti, urban coding and the semiotics of the street.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding the Leicester United Caribbean Association. The original LUCA centre building was demolished to make way for the Curve theatre.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Immigration to Leicester by Ugandan Asians. Part 3.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding The Studio nightclub in Humberstone Gate formerly known as The Leicester Palais de Danse.

Collection of photographs of Alexandra House.

St George's Church, Christmas 1981

St George's Church, handover to Serbian Orthodox Church, 1983

Women at work in Rowley's, 1988

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

Video of a man remember his time in Leicester in the 1980s

Gays want a city cafe

Video [audio only] of David Cole formerly of Leicester Expressive Arts.

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

Video of a man talking about his memories of the Leicester United Caribbean Association

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.

Change machine

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Wimbledon House

1990s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Closing machine

Collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding the Centre Hotel, Leicester.

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Marginalia: graffiti, urban coding and the semiotics of the street.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

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

Video of a man talking about his memories of the Leicester United Caribbean Association

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.

Change machine

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Wimbledon House

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

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

Victorian factory is back in fashion

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Interview with Sheila Ghelani.

2000s

Closing machine

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Marginalia: graffiti, urban coding and the semiotics of the street.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Imperial Buildings

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.

Change machine

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Wimbledon House

Guild of the Crippled

Guild of the Crippled

Interview with Nils Feldman.

J. Herbert Marshall Music Depot, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Rowley's and Courtauld's, c.2000

The door to the G-Spot club, the Queen's Building, 2006.

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

Urray House, 2005

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Athena, 2005

Before Curve, 2002

Curve under construction, 2006

Curve under construction, 2006

Curve under construction, 2006

Exchange Building, 2003

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

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Marginalia: graffiti, urban coding and the semiotics of the street.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Change machine

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.

Collection of Urban-exploration style photographs of Volcrepe (Woods) Mill, Glossop.

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2012

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

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

Crunching through leaves.

Drawer.

Loading of an exhibition van at Phoenix Arts.

Metal gate.

Morledge Street and Southampton Street.

Outside Curve.

Queen's Building.

Graffiti on the far edge of the Phoenix car park.

Former International Hotel.

Curve Theatre interior.

Alexandra House, 2014

Helsinki, 2014

Makers' Yard from the courtyard.

Phoenix, taken from alongside St George's Way.

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.

Queen Street car park.

Athena, 2012

Curve, 2012

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