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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

Alexandra House, c.1900.

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

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

St George's Mills, 1927

Guild of the Crippled, 1927

1930s

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

1940s

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

1950s

Just rubble: remains of the original warehouse in 1955

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.

The completed Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1969

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

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

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

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 cuttings from the Leicester Mercury of 1972 regarding the immigration of Ugandan Asians to Leicestershire.

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.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding industrial disputes at Imperial Typewriters

Northern Soul Night at Palais de Danse

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

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.

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

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.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

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.

Exchange Building

1980s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

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 Wendy Christian.

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

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.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

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.

Exchange Building

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

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

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

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.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

1990s

Interview with Anna Mee.

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

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

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.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Exchange Building

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.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

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 2

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 3

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

Rutland Street/Wimbledon Street courtyard, late 1990s

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Zoots

Interview with Sheila Ghelani.

2000s

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.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Exchange Building

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.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

An entrance to vacancy, c.2000

Guild of the Crippled

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 2

J. Herbert Marshall Music Depot, 2003

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Rowley's and Courtauld's, c.2000

Rutland Street, 2002

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

Curve and G-Spot at Christmas, 2009

Curve under construction, 2006

Exchange Building, 2003

Exchange Building, 2003

2010s

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.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

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

Manhattan 34, 2011

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

Butter dish.

Charles Street.

Critical Mass bike ride in Orton Square.

Crunching through leaves.

Electrical substation on Queen Street.

Loading of an exhibition van at Phoenix Arts.

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 opposite The Shed.

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

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

By Studio 79 opposite the Phoenix car park.

Alexandra House, 2014

Helsinki, 2014

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

St. George's Church

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

Helsinki, 2013

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