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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.

Alexandra House, c.1900.

The Leicester Secular Hall

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

Interview with Kenneth West.

1930s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

1940s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

Freeman, Hardy and Willis building, destroyed in a bombing raid.

1950s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

Wimbledon Works, Leicester

Artist impression of the new Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

Faire Bros. & Co. Limited, Leicester, England

1960s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

St George's Churchyard, 1966

Happy Birthday Phoenix

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

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

1970s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

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

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

A collection of cuttings from the Leicester Mercury of 1972 regarding the immigration of Ugandan Asians to Leicestershire.

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

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

Collection of photographs of Charles Street.

Northern Soul Night at Palais de Danse

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

Warehouse to be turned into a hotel

For the love of something

Club would not be just for 'gay' people, but licence is refused

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

1980s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

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

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

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

Rutland Street, opposite Odeon Cinema, 1983.

Rutland Street, opposite Odeon Cinema, 1983.

St George's Church, Christmas 1981

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

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

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.

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

1990s

Interview with Kenneth West.

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

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

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.

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Victorian factory is back in fashion

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Women at work in Rowley's, 1993

2000s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

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 Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

An entrance to vacancy, c.2000

Guild of the Crippled

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 2

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

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 decoration.

The Queen's Building and G-Spot, 2002

The Queen's Building, 2003

The Queen's Building, detail of the front, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Curve under construction, 2006

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

Interview with Kenneth West.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

Inside the Two Queens art gallery, 2013

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

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 2012, the G-Spot has left the building which is again available to let

The Queen's building, 2013

Butter dish.

Critical Mass bike ride in Orton Square.

Drawer.

Electrical substation on Queen Street.

Morledge Street and Southampton Street.

St George's Street bird song.

Queen's Building.

New playground.

Magnum Exhibition Hall sign.

International Hotel customer parking entrance.

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

Graffiti on the far edge of the Phoenix car park.

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

Former International Hotel.

By Studio 79 opposite the Phoenix car park.

Alexandra House, 2014

LCB Depot from the courtyard.

Serbian Orthodox Church of St. George the Great Martyr.

Snooker.

Sosho nightclub from the corner

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.

View from 19 Queen Street.

Wimbledon House doorway.

Rowley's factory building.

Athena, 2012

Cherub branding on sock

Helsinki, 2013

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