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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
1900s

Alexandra House, c.1900.

1910s

The Great Fire, St. George's, Leicester, Oct. 5th 1911

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1914

1920s

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

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse

Interview with Kenneth West.

1930s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Freeman, Hardy and Willis building, c.1930.

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

1940s

Interview with Kenneth West.

1950s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Just rubble: remains of the original warehouse in 1955

Emerged from the rubble: under construction in 1956

Interview with Anna Mee.

1960s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Interview with Anna Mee.

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 John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

1970s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Interview with Anna Mee.

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 John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

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 to Leicester. Part 2

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

Collection of photographs of Charles Street.

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

Northern Soul Night at Palais de Danse

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

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

Wimbledon House, 1974.

All hell broke loose, witness tells Crazy Gang trial.

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

Interview with George Cole.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

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.

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

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.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding the Palais de Danse, Leicester

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

1980s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Interview with Anna Mee.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

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

Interview with John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Interview with George Cole.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

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.

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

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.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding the Palais de Danse, Leicester

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

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

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

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

Two photographs of B.L. Scaffolding, Queen Street.

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 [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

Photograph of the Queen's Building

1990s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Interview with Anna Mee.

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

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Cannon House

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

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.

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

Photograph of the Queen's Building

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

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 2

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

Interview with Sheila Ghelani.

2000s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

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.

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

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 2

Interview with Nils Feldman.

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

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 2009, detail of the decoration.

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

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2005

Wimbledon House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

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

2010s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

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.

Change machine

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

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.

Drawer.

Electrical substation on Queen Street.

Outside Curve.

Pepper mill.

Phoenix CafeĢ.

St George's Street bird song.

Pfister and Vogel stonework.

International Hotel customer parking entrance.

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

Alexandra House, 2014

Makers' Yard from the courtyard.

Phoenix, taken from alongside St George's Way.

Snooker.

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.

A colour video (duration 47 seconds) of a man talking about memories of the early days of Phoenix Arts and the Cultural Quarter today.

Wimbledon House doorway.

Rowley's factory building.

Cherub branding on sock

Helsinki, 2013

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