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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

Interior of the Leicester Secular Hall

1910s

Rowley's fire, 1911

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1914

1920s

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

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse

St George's Mills, 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

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

1940s

Interview with Kenneth West.

1950s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Wimbledon Works, Leicester

Emerged from the rubble: under construction in 1956

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

1960s

Interview with Kenneth West.

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

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1969

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

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

Interview with Kenneth West.

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.

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 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

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

Collection of photographs of Charles Street (2)

Northern Souls Night at the Palais de Dance.

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

An Imperial Typewriter.

For the love of something

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

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Driver getting in 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.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

1980s

Interview with Kenneth West.

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

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Driver getting in 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.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

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.

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.

Fake shoe racket at local firm

Video [audio only] of David Cole formerly of Leicester Expressive Arts.

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

Change machine

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

1990s

Interview with Kenneth West.

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Cannon House

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

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

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

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

Change machine

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 1

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

Interview with Kenneth West.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Driver getting in 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

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

Change machine

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 2

Interview with Nils Feldman.

J. Herbert Marshall Music Depot, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Rowley's and Courtauld's, c.2000

The Queen's Building 2009, detail of the windows

The Queen's Building and G-Spot, 2002

The Queen's Building, 2003

Urray House, 2005

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Athena, 2002

Before Curve, 2002

Curve under construction, 2006

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.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Driver getting in 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.

Looking towards the Rowley Building from old tannery car park.

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

Inside the Two Queens art gallery, 2013

Inside the Two Queens art gallery, 2013

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

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.

Drawer.

Metal gate.

Pepper mill.

St George's Street bird song.

Queen's Building.

Pfister and Vogel stonework.

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

Curve Theatre interior.

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.

Snooker.

Sosho nightclub from the corner

St. George's Church

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.

A colour video (duration 47 seconds) of a man talking about memories of the early days of Phoenix Arts and the Cultural Quarter today.

View from 19 Queen Street.

Queen Street car park.

Athena, 2012

Cherub branding on sock

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