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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.

1890s

The Leicester Secular Hall

1900s

Interior of the Leicester Secular Hall

The Leicester Secular Hall

1910s

Rowley's fire, 1911

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

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1914

1920s

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse

St George's Mills, 1927

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

1940s

Interview with Kenneth West.

1950s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Wimbledon Works, Leicester

Emerged from the rubble: under construction in 1956

Faire Bros. & Co. Limited, Leicester, England

Video of a man talking about his memories of the industrial area before the cultural quarter was established.

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

1960s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Video of a man talking about his memories of the industrial area before the cultural quarter was established.

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

The completed Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

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

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

Interview with John Barradell.

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.

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

Interview with John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

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 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 Soul night at the Palais de Dance

Northern Souls Night at the Palais de Dance.

Wimbledon House, 1974.

For the love of something

All hell broke loose, witness tells Crazy Gang trial.

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

Interview with George Cole.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

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

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

1980s

Interview with Kenneth West.

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

Interview with John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Interview with George Cole.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

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

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

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

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

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

Fake shoe racket at local firm

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

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

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.

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 Hena Lakhani.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

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

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.

Change machine

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Interview with an anonymous man born in 1970.

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 1

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 2

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

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

Interview with Kenneth West.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

Change machine

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Interview with Nils Feldman.

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

The Queen's Building 2009, detail of the decoration.

The Queen's Building and G-Spot, 2002

The Queen's Building, 2003

Urray House, 2005

Wimbledon House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Athena, 2002

Athena, 2005

Curve and G-Spot at Christmas, 2009

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.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

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.

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

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 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.

Pepper mill.

Pfister and Vogel stonework.

New playground.

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

Curve Theatre interior.

By Studio 79 opposite the Phoenix car park.

LCB Depot from the courtyard.

Phoenix, taken from alongside St George's Way.

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

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.

Athena, 2012

Cherub branding on sock

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