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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.

The Leicester Secular Hall

1900s

Vestry Street Baths.

Alexandra House, c.1900.

The Leicester Secular Hall

1910s

Vestry Street Baths.

Rowley's fire, 1911

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.

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

Faire Bros. & Co. Limited, Leicester, England

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

1960s

Vestry Street Baths.

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

St George's Churchyard, 1966

The completed Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

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 John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

1970s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Anna Mee.

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

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 John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

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 to Leicester. Part 2

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding immigration to Leicester. Part 3

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

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

Northern Souls Night at the Palais de Dance.

Warehouse to be turned into a hotel

An Imperial Typewriter.

For the love of something

Deuce House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

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.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

1980s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

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 John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Deuce House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

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.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

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

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.

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

1990s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Closing machine

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Deuce House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

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

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Interview with an anonymous man born in 1970.

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 2

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 3

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

Rutland Street/Wimbledon Street courtyard, late 1990s

St George's Church (Serbian Orthodox), 1996

Victorian factory is back in fashion

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

2000s

Closing machine

Deuce House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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.

Change machine

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

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Premier House, 2003

Rowley's and Courtauld's, c.2000

Rutland Street, 2002

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

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

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Athena, 2002

Curve and G-Spot at Christmas, 2009

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 engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

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.

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

Critical Mass bike ride in Orton Square.

Crunching through leaves.

Electrical substation on Queen Street.

Loading of an exhibition van at Phoenix Arts.

Metal gate.

Morledge Street and Southampton Street.

St George's Street bird song.

Queen's Building.

International Hotel customer parking entrance.

Former International Hotel.

By Studio 79 opposite the Phoenix car park.

Helsinki, 2014

Makers' Yard from the courtyard.

Phoenix, taken from alongside St George's Way.

Serbian Orthodox Church of St. George the Great Martyr.

Snooker.

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.

Queen Street car park.

Cherub branding on sock

Helsinki, 2013

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