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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

Alexandra House, c.1900.

The Leicester Secular Hall

1910s

Rowley's fire, 1911

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1914

1920s

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse

St George's Mills, 1927

Interview with Kenneth West.

1930s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

1940s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

1950s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

Just rubble: remains of the original warehouse in 1955

Wimbledon Works, Leicester

Artist impression of the new Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

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

1960s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

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

St George's Churchyard, 1966

The completed Freeman, Hardy and Willis building

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Johnson and Barnes Ltd. the knitwear manufacturers.

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Bond Street Fabrics.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

1970s

Interview with Kenneth West.

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

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Johnson and Barnes Ltd. the knitwear manufacturers.

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Bond Street Fabrics.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. 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

Collection of photographs of Charles Street (2)

Collection of photographs of Charles Street.

Collection of photographs of Morledge Street, corner with Southampton Street, Leicester.

Northern Soul Night at Palais de Danse

Northern Soul night at the Palais de Dance

Northern Soul Night at the Palais de Danse

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

Warehouse to be turned into a hotel

An Imperial Typewriter.

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

Exchange Building

1980s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Bond Street Fabrics.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

Exchange Building

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.

Rutland Street, opposite Odeon Cinema, 1983.

St George's Church, Christmas 1981

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

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

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

Wimbledon House

1990s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

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

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

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Interview with an anonymous man born in 1970.

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 1

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 2

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Women at work in Rowley's, 1993

Interview with Sheila Ghelani.

2000s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Closing machine

Deuce House

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Exchange Building

Wimbledon House

An entrance to vacancy, c.2000

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Rowley's and Courtauld's, c.2000

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 and G-Spot, 2002

The Queen's Building, 2003

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2005

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Athena, 2005

Curve under construction, 2006

Curve under construction, 2006

2010s

Interview with Kenneth West.

Closing machine

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Rutland Street Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market.

Looking towards the Rowley Building from old tannery car park.

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

Inside the Two Queens art gallery, 2013

Manhattan 34, 2011

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

The Queen's Building 2012, the G-Spot has left the building which is again available to let

Butter dish.

Charles Street.

Crunching through leaves.

Drawer.

Loading of an exhibition van at Phoenix Arts.

Outside Curve.

Queen's Building.

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

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

By Studio 79 opposite the Phoenix car park.

Alexandra House, 2014

Helsinki, 2014

LCB Depot from the courtyard.

Makers' Yard from the courtyard.

Phoenix, taken from alongside St George's Way.

Serbian Orthodox Church of St. George the Great Martyr.

Sosho nightclub from the front, sign and door

St. George's Churchyard and the Rowley Building.

View from 19 Queen Street.

Rowley's factory building.

Queen Street car park.

Athena, 2012

Helsinki, 2013

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