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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.

1900s

H.P.Tyler's wholesale warehouse, Rutland Street

1910s

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1914

1920s

Guild of the Crippled, 1927

1930s

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

1940s

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

1950s

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

Artist impression of the new Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

Emerged from the rubble: under construction in 1956

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

1960s

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

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

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Johnson and Barnes Ltd. the knitwear manufacturers.

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

1970s

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

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Johnson and Barnes Ltd. the knitwear manufacturers.

Closing machine

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.

Collection of photographs of Charles Street (2)

Northern Soul Night at Palais de Danse

Northern Soul night at the Palais de Dance

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

Northern Souls Night at the Palais de Dance.

Official opening tomorrow

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

Warehouse to be turned into a hotel

Wimbledon House, 1974.

An Imperial Typewriter.

For the love of something

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

Interview with George Cole.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

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

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

1980s

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Interview with George Cole.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

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

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

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

Collection of photographs of Alexandra House.

Rutland Street, opposite Odeon Cinema, 1983.

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

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

Love the life you liveā€¦live the life you love

Fake shoe racket at local firm

Gays want a city cafe

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

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Wimbledon House

1990s

Closing machine

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Cannon House

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

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

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Wimbledon House

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

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Interview with an anonymous man born in 1970.

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

Women at work in Rowley's, 1993

Zoots

2000s

Closing machine

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Wimbledon House

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 2

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

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 2009, detail of the decoration.

The Queen's Building and G-Spot, 2002

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

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2005

Wimbledon 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

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.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

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.

A collection of urban-exploration style photographs of Volcrepe (Woods) Mill, Glossop, Derbyshire.

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

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

Butter dish.

Critical Mass bike ride in Orton Square.

Drawer.

Electrical substation on Queen Street.

Loading of an exhibition van at Phoenix Arts.

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

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

Alexandra House, 2014

LCB Depot from the courtyard.

Sosho nightclub from the corner

Sosho nightclub from the front with sign

St. George's Church

Tannery sign at Queen Street car park.

Rowley's factory building.

Athena, 2012

Cherub branding on sock

Curve, 2012

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