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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

Alexandra House, c.1900.

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

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1914

1920s

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

St George's Mills, 1927

Interview with Kenneth West.

1930s

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

1940s

Interview with Kenneth West.

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

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

1950s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

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

Artist impression of the new Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

Emerged from the rubble: under construction in 1956

Interview with Anna Mee.

1960s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

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

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.

1970s

Interview with Kenneth West.

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

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.

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 3

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding immigration.

Collection of photographs of Charles Street (2)

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

Northern Souls Night at the Palais de Dance.

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

Warehouse to be turned into a hotel

Wimbledon House, 1974.

An Imperial Typewriter.

All hell broke loose, witness tells Crazy Gang trial.

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

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

Deuce House

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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.

Imperial Buildings

1980s

Interview with Kenneth West.

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

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.

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

Deuce House

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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.

Imperial Buildings

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding The Studio nightclub in Humberstone Gate formerly known as The Leicester Palais de Danse.

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

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

Fake shoe racket at local firm

Gays want a city cafe

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

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

1990s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Interview with Anna Mee.

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

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

Deuce House

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Imperial Buildings

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

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 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

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Zoots

Interview with Sheila Ghelani.

2000s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Deuce House

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

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 Bill Shelton

Interview with Nils Feldman.

J. Herbert Marshall Music Depot, 2003

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

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

Rutland Street, 2002

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

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

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, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Athena, 2002

Athena, 2005

Curve under construction, 2006

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.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

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.

Rutland Street Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market.

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

Inside the Two Queens art gallery, 2013

Old and new graffiti in the Queen's building, 2013

Old and new graffiti in the Queen's building, 2013

Old and new graffiti in the Queen's building, 2013

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2012

Socks made by Cherub

The Queen's building, 2013

Butter dish.

Critical Mass bike ride in Orton Square.

Drawer.

Phoenix CafeĢ.

St George's Street bird song.

Pfister and Vogel stonework.

New playground.

Magnum Exhibition Hall sign.

Graffiti opposite The Shed.

Graffiti on the far edge of the Phoenix car park.

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.

LCB Depot from the courtyard.

Makers' Yard from the courtyard.

Phoenix, taken from alongside St George's Way.

Snooker.

Sosho nightclub from the front with sign

Sosho nightclub from the front, sign and door

St. George's Church

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.

Queen Street car park.

Cherub branding on sock

Helsinki, 2013

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