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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

Alexandra House, c.1900.

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

1910s

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

1930s

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

1950s

Victorian grandeur: original 1880's warehouse of Freeman, Hardy and Willis

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

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

St George's Churchyard, 1966

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

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

1970s

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

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

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

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

Collection of photographs of Charles Street.

Northern Soul Night at Palais de Danse

Northern Soul night at the Palais de Dance

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

Official opening tomorrow

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

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

Collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding the Centre Hotel, Leicester.

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

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 Immigration to Leicester by Ugandan Asians. Part 2.

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

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

1980s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

Collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding the Centre Hotel, Leicester.

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

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 Immigration to Leicester by Ugandan Asians. Part 2.

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

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

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.

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

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

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

Women at work in Rowley's, 1988

Love the life you live…live the life you love

Video of a man remember his time in Leicester in the 1980s

Fake shoe racket at local firm

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

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

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

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Wimbledon House

1990s

Interview with Anna Mee.

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Cannon House

Collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding the Centre Hotel, Leicester.

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

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

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

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

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

Interview with an anonymous man born in 1970.

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 1

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

Victorian factory is back in fashion

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Interview with Sheila Ghelani.

2000s

Closing machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Exchange Building

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

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Wimbledon House

Guild of the Crippled

Interview with Nils Feldman.

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Rowley's and Courtauld's, c.2000

The door to the G-Spot club, the Queen's Building, 2006.

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

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

Athena, 2002

Athena, 2005

Curve under construction, 2006

Curve under construction, 2006

Exchange Building, 2003

Exchange Building, 2003

2010s

Closing machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Manhattan 34, 2011

The Queen's Building 2012, the G-Spot has left the building which is again available to let

Building works Squirrel Building.

Butter dish.

Charles Street.

Metal gate.

Phoenix Café.

St George's Street bird song.

Pfister and Vogel stonework.

Graffiti with the Phoenix building in the background taken from alongside St George's Way.

Graffiti opposite The Shed.

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

Curve Theatre interior.

Alexandra House, 2014

Helsinki, 2014

Makers' Yard 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, sign and door

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.

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

Wimbledon House doorway.

Athena, 2012

Curve, 2012

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