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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

Vestry Street Baths.

The Leicester Secular Hall

1900s

Vestry Street Baths.

The Leicester Secular Hall

1910s

Vestry Street Baths.

Rowley's fire, 1911

Rowley's fire, 1911

1920s

Vestry Street Baths.

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

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse

Guild of the Crippled, 1927

1930s

Vestry Street Baths.

Freeman, Hardy and Willis building, c.1930.

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

1940s

Vestry Street Baths.

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

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

1950s

Vestry Street Baths.

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

Faire Bros. & Co. Limited, Leicester, England

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

1960s

Vestry Street Baths.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

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

The completed Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

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

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Anna Mee.

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

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.

Warehouse to be turned into a hotel

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.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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.

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

1980s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

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 George Cole.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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.

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.

St George's Church, Christmas 1981

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

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

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

1990s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

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

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 1

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

Victorian factory is back in fashion

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Women at work in Rowley's, 1993

2000s

Closing machine

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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

Guild of the Crippled

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 2

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

Premier House, 2003

Rutland Street, 2002

The G-Spot club in 2009, situated in the Queen's Building.

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

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

The Queen's Building, 2003

The Queen's Building, detail of the front, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Athena, 2005

Before Curve, 2002

Curve under construction, 2006

Curve under construction, 2006

Curve under construction, 2006

Exchange Building, 2003

Exchange Building, 2003

2010s

Closing machine

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Change machine

Rutland Street Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market.

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

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2012

Critical Mass bike ride in Orton Square.

Drawer.

Loading of an exhibition van at Phoenix Arts.

Metal gate.

Morledge Street and Southampton Street.

St George's Street bird song.

Queen's Building.

Magnum Exhibition Hall sign.

International Hotel customer parking entrance.

Graffiti on the far edge of the Phoenix car park.

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

Former International Hotel.

Curve Theatre interior.

Alexandra House, 2014

Phoenix, taken from alongside St George's Way.

Serbian Orthodox Church of St. George the Great Martyr.

Snooker.

Sosho nightclub from the corner

St. George's Churchyard and the Rowley Building.

Studio 79.

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.

View from 19 Queen Street.

Cherub branding on sock

Curve, 2012

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