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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

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

1910s

Rowley's fire, 1911

Rowley's fire, 1911

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

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1914

1920s

Guild of the Crippled, 1927

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

1940s

Interview with Kenneth West.

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

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

1950s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

Just rubble: remains of the original warehouse in 1955

Palais de Danse

Wimbledon Works, Leicester

Faire Bros. & Co. Limited, Leicester, England

1960s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Interview with Randy Stabana

Interview with John Barradell.

1970s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Interview with Randy Stabana

Interview with John Barradell.

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 Morledge Street, corner with Southampton Street, Leicester.

Northern Soul Night at Palais de Danse

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.

All hell broke loose, witness tells Crazy Gang trial.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

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 Palais de Danse, Leicester

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

1980s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Interview with Randy Stabana

Interview with John Barradell.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

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 Palais de Danse, Leicester

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

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

Collection of photographs of Alexandra House.

Rutland Street, opposite Odeon Cinema, 1983.

St George's Church, Christmas 1981

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

Women at work in Rowley's, 1988

Love the life you live…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.

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Wimbledon House

1990s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Interview with Randy Stabana

Cannon House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

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

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

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

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

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

Interview with an anonymous man born in 1970.

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 1

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

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

2000s

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 entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

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

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Exchange Building

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

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

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 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

Urray House, 2005

Wimbledon House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Athena, 2005

Before Curve, 2002

Curve and G-Spot at Christmas, 2009

Curve under construction, 2006

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 entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

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

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

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

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

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2012

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.

Critical Mass bike ride in Orton Square.

Crunching through leaves.

Electrical substation on Queen Street.

Metal gate.

Pepper mill.

Phoenix Café.

Pfister and Vogel stonework.

New playground.

Magnum Exhibition Hall sign.

International Hotel customer parking entrance.

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 alongside St George's Way.

Curve Theatre interior.

By Studio 79 opposite the Phoenix car park.

Alexandra House, 2014

Helsinki, 2014

LCB Depot from the courtyard.

Serbian Orthodox Church of St. George the Great Martyr.

Sosho nightclub from the corner

St. George's Church

Tannery sign at Queen Street car park.

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.

Athena, 2012

Cherub branding on sock

Curve, 2012

Helsinki, 2013

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