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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.

1900s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interior of the Leicester Secular Hall

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

1910s

Vestry Street Baths.

Rowley's fire, 1911

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1914

1920s

Vestry Street Baths.

St George's Mills, 1927

Guild of the Crippled, 1927

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

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

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

1960s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

St George's Churchyard, 1966

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1969

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

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 John Barradell.

1970s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

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 John Barradell.

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 industrial disputes at Imperial Typewriters

Collection of photographs of Charles Street.

Northern Soul night at the Palais de Dance

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

An Imperial Typewriter.

For the love of something

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

Interview with George Cole.

Cannon House

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

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.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

1980s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

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 John Barradell.

Interview with George Cole.

Cannon House

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

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.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

Rutland Street, opposite Odeon Cinema, 1983.

St George's Church, Christmas 1981

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

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

Fake shoe racket at local firm

Gays want a city cafe

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 Trevor Lock, part 2.

Wimbledon House

1990s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

Cannon House

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

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 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

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 1

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 3

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Interview with Sheila Ghelani.

2000s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Closing machine

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

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 Trevor Lock, part 2.

Wimbledon House

Guild of the Crippled

Guild of the Crippled

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 2

Interview with Nils Feldman.

J. Herbert Marshall Music Depot, 2003

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

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.

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Athena, 2002

Athena, 2005

Before Curve, 2002

Curve and G-Spot at Christmas, 2009

Curve under construction, 2006

Exchange Building, 2003

2010s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Closing machine

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Rutland Street Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market.

Looking towards the Rowley Building from old tannery car park.

Inside the Two Queens art gallery, 2013

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

Building works Squirrel Building.

Electrical substation on Queen Street.

Metal gate.

Morledge Street and Southampton Street.

Queen's Building.

Pfister and Vogel stonework.

New playground.

Magnum Exhibition Hall sign.

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

Former International Hotel.

Makers' Yard from the courtyard.

Serbian Orthodox Church of St. George the Great Martyr.

Snooker.

Sosho nightclub from the corner

Sosho nightclub from the front with sign

Sosho nightclub from the front, sign and door

Studio 79.

Wimbledon House doorway.

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