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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.

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

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1914

1920s

Vestry Street Baths.

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

Interview with Kenneth West.

1930s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

Freeman, Hardy and Willis building, c.1930.

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

1940s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

1950s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

Just rubble: remains of the original warehouse in 1955

Palais de Danse

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.

Interview with Anna Mee.

1960s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

The completed Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

Happy Birthday Phoenix

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

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 Beverley Haddon. Part 1

1970s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

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 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. 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

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 Dance

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.

An Imperial Typewriter.

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.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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

Imperial Buildings

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 Randy Stabana

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 Beverley Haddon. Part 1

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 parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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

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.

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

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

Love the life you live…live the life you love

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

1990s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Interview with Anna Mee.

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

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 parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

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.

Interview with Bill Shelton

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 2

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 3

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

Zoots

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 parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

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.

Interview with Bill Shelton

Guild of the Crippled

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

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

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 windows

The Queen's Building and G-Spot, 2002

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

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Wimbledon House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Athena, 2002

Before Curve, 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

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 parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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.

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

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, 2013

Butter dish.

Critical Mass bike ride in Orton Square.

Crunching through leaves.

Loading of an exhibition van at Phoenix Arts.

Phoenix Café.

Pfister and Vogel stonework.

New playground.

Magnum Exhibition Hall sign.

International Hotel customer parking entrance.

Graffiti opposite The Shed.

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

Former International Hotel.

By Studio 79 opposite the Phoenix car park.

Helsinki, 2014

Serbian Orthodox Church of St. George the Great Martyr.

Snooker.

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.

View from 19 Queen Street.

Wimbledon House doorway.

Cherub branding on sock

Helsinki, 2013

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