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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
1890s

Vestry Street Baths.

1900s

Vestry Street Baths.

Alexandra House, c.1900.

1910s

Vestry Street Baths.

Rowley's fire, 1911

1920s

Vestry Street Baths.

Johnson & Barnes, Factory. corner ... Street. taken 26-2-1929.

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse

St George's Mills, 1927

Guild of the Crippled, 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.

1950s

Vestry Street Baths.

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

Faire Bros. & Co. Limited, Leicester, England

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

Vestry Street Baths.

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.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Bond Street Fabrics.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Milletts Stores (1928) Ltd.

1970s

Vestry Street Baths.

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

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Bond Street Fabrics.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Milletts Stores (1928) Ltd.

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 industrial disputes at Imperial Typewriters

Northern Soul Night at Palais de Danse

Northern Soul night at the Palais de Dance

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

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.

For the love of something

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

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.

Exchange Building

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

1980s

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Bond Street Fabrics.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Milletts Stores (1928) Ltd.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

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.

Exchange Building

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.

Rutland Street, opposite Odeon Cinema, 1983.

Rutland Street, opposite Odeon Cinema, 1983.

St George's Church, Christmas 1981

Women at work in Rowley's, 1988

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

Fake shoe racket at local firm

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

Change machine

Interview with Bill Shelton

Wimbledon House

1990s

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

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.

Exchange Building

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

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

Change machine

Interview with Bill Shelton

Wimbledon House

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

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 2

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 3

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

Zoots

Interview with Sheila Ghelani.

2000s

Closing machine

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

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.

Exchange Building

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

Change machine

Interview with Bill Shelton

Wimbledon House

Interview with Nils Feldman.

J. Herbert Marshall Music Depot, 2003

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

Rutland Street, 2002

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

The Queen's Building, 2003

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2005

Wimbledon House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Before Curve, 2002

Curve under construction, 2006

Curve under construction, 2006

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

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

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.

Looking towards the Rowley Building from old tannery car park.

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

Inside the Two Queens art gallery, 2013

Inside the Two Queens art gallery, 2013

Manhattan 34, 2011

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

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

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

Charles Street.

Critical Mass bike ride in Orton Square.

Crunching through leaves.

Loading of an exhibition van at Phoenix Arts.

Outside Curve.

St George's Street bird song.

Queen's Building.

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.

Graffiti (large faces) in the Queen's building, the Dielectric, 2014

By Studio 79 opposite the Phoenix car park.

LCB Depot from the courtyard.

Phoenix, taken from alongside St George's Way.

Serbian Orthodox Church of St. George the Great Martyr.

Sosho nightclub from the corner

Sosho nightclub from the front with sign

Sosho nightclub from the front, sign and door

St. George's Church

St. George's Churchyard and the Rowley Building.

Studio 79.

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.

Queen Street car park.

Athena, 2012

Cherub branding on sock

Curve, 2012

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