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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

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

The Leicester Secular Hall

1910s

Rowley's fire, 1911

Rowley's fire, 1911

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

1920s

St George's Mills, 1927

1930s

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

1950s

Just rubble: remains of the original warehouse in 1955

Wimbledon Works, Leicester

Artist impression of the new Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

1960s

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

St George's Churchyard, 1966

Happy Birthday Phoenix

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 Beverley Haddon. Part 1

1970s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

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 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.

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

Collection of photographs of Charles Street (2)

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

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

Official opening tomorrow

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

Wimbledon House, 1974.

An Imperial Typewriter.

All hell broke loose, witness tells Crazy Gang trial.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

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 Palais de Danse, Leicester

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

1980s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

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 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 Hena Lakhani.

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 Palais de Danse, Leicester

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Imperial Buildings

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.

Women at work in Rowley's, 1988

Fake shoe racket at local firm

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

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Wimbledon House

1990s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Cannon House

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Marginalia: graffiti, urban coding and the semiotics of the street.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

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

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

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Interview with an anonymous man born in 1970.

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

2000s

Marginalia: graffiti, urban coding and the semiotics of the street.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Wimbledon House

An entrance to vacancy, c.2000

Guild of the Crippled

Interview with Nils Feldman.

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Rutland Street, 2002

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

The Queen's Building 2009, detail of the windows

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Wimbledon House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Before Curve, 2002

Curve and G-Spot at Christmas, 2009

Curve under construction, 2006

Exchange Building, 2003

Exchange Building, 2003

Exchange Building, 2003

2010s

Marginalia: graffiti, urban coding and the semiotics of the street.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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

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

Manhattan 34, 2011

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.

Drawer.

Loading of an exhibition van at Phoenix Arts.

Outside Curve.

Queen's Building.

Magnum Exhibition Hall sign.

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

Helsinki, 2014

Phoenix, taken from alongside St George's Way.

Snooker.

Sosho nightclub from the front with sign

Sosho nightclub from the front, sign and door

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.

View from 19 Queen Street.

Rowley's factory building.

Athena, 2012

Curve, 2012

Helsinki, 2013

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