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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.

Interior of the Leicester Secular Hall

Alexandra House, c.1900.

The Leicester Secular Hall

1910s

Vestry Street Baths.

Rowley's fire, 1911

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

1920s

Vestry Street Baths.

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse

Guild of the Crippled, 1927

Interview with Kenneth West.

1930s

Vestry Street Baths.

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

1940s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

1950s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

Just rubble: remains of the original warehouse in 1955

Palais de Danse

Wimbledon Works, Leicester

Artist impression of the new Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

Faire Bros. & Co. Limited, Leicester, England

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

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

Interview with Anna Mee.

1960s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

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.

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 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.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

1970s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Kenneth West.

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 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.

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. 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)

Warehouse to be turned into a hotel

Wimbledon House, 1974.

All hell broke loose, witness tells Crazy Gang trial.

Interview with George Cole.

Cannon House

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

1980s

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

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 Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Interview with George Cole.

Cannon House

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

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

Collection of photographs of Alexandra House.

Rutland Street, opposite Odeon Cinema, 1983.

St George's Church, Christmas 1981

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

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

Change machine

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Wimbledon House

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

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.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

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

Change machine

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Wimbledon House

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

Victorian factory is back in fashion

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

2000s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Change machine

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Wimbledon House

An entrance to vacancy, c.2000

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 2

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

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 windows

The Queen's Building, 2003

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Before Curve, 2002

Curve under construction, 2006

Exchange Building, 2003

2010s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Change machine

Collection of Urban-exploration style photographs of Volcrepe (Woods) Mill, Glossop.

Manhattan 34, 2011

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

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, 2013

Building works Squirrel Building.

Butter dish.

Charles Street.

Crunching through leaves.

Loading of an exhibition van at Phoenix Arts.

Metal gate.

Morledge Street and Southampton Street.

Phoenix CafeĢ.

St George's Street bird song.

Queen's Building.

Pfister and Vogel stonework.

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

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

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

Curve Theatre interior.

By Studio 79 opposite the Phoenix car park.

Makers' Yard from the courtyard.

Phoenix, taken from alongside St George's Way.

Snooker.

Sosho nightclub from the corner

St. George's Churchyard and the Rowley Building.

Wimbledon House doorway.

Queen Street car park.

Athena, 2012

Helsinki, 2013

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