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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

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1914

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

1940s

Vestry Street Baths.

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

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

1950s

Vestry Street Baths.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

Just rubble: remains of the original warehouse in 1955

Palais de Danse

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

Faire Bros. & Co. Limited, Leicester, England

Interview with Anna Mee.

1960s

Vestry Street Baths.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

Interview with Anna Mee.

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1969

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

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

Closing machine

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

1970s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Anna Mee.

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

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

Closing machine

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

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. 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.

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 Palais de Danse

Northern Soul night at the Palais de Dance

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

Official opening tomorrow

Warehouse to be turned into a hotel

For the love of something

All hell broke loose, witness tells Crazy Gang trial.

Interview with George Cole.

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Deuce House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Doors on 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 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

Exchange Building

1980s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

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

Closing machine

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

Interview with George Cole.

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Deuce House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Doors on 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 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

Exchange Building

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

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.

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.

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

Closing machine

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Deuce House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Exchange Building

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

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

Interview with an anonymous man born in 1970.

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 3

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

Rutland Street/Wimbledon Street courtyard, late 1990s

Victorian factory is back in fashion

Women at work in Rowley's, 1993

2000s

Closing machine

Deuce House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Exchange Building

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

An entrance to vacancy, c.2000

J. Herbert Marshall Music Depot, 2003

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Rutland Street, 2002

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

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, detail of the front, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Athena, 2005

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

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Doors on 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

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

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

Building works Squirrel Building.

Charles Street.

Critical Mass bike ride in Orton Square.

Drawer.

Loading of an exhibition van at Phoenix Arts.

Metal gate.

Pepper mill.

Phoenix CafeĢ.

St George's Street bird song.

Queen's Building.

Pfister and Vogel stonework.

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.

By Studio 79 opposite the Phoenix car park.

Alexandra House, 2014

LCB Depot from the courtyard.

Makers' Yard from the courtyard.

Phoenix, taken from alongside St George's Way.

Sosho nightclub from the corner

Sosho nightclub from the front with sign

Sosho nightclub from the front, sign and door

St. George's Church

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.

Wimbledon House doorway.

Rowley's factory building.

Queen Street car park.

Curve, 2012

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