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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.

1900s

Vestry Street Baths.

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

1910s

Vestry Street Baths.

Rowley's fire, 1911

Rowley's fire, 1911

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1914

1920s

Vestry Street Baths.

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse

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.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

1950s

Vestry Street Baths.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

Emerged from the rubble: under construction in 1956

Faire Bros. & Co. Limited, Leicester, England

1960s

Vestry Street Baths.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1969

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

Interview with John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

1970s

Vestry Street Baths.

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

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 to Leicester. Part 2

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)

Collection of photographs of Charles Street.

Northern Soul night at the Palais de Dance

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

An Imperial Typewriter.

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.

Cannon House

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

1980s

Interview with Randy Stabana

Interview with John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Interview with George Cole.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

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.

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

Two photographs of B.L. Scaffolding, Queen Street.

Love the life you live…live the life you love

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 [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

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Wimbledon House

1990s

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.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

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 1

Leicester Mercury rave newspaper cuttings 2

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

Rutland Street/Wimbledon Street courtyard, late 1990s

St George's Church (Serbian Orthodox), 1996

Victorian factory is back in fashion

Women at work in Rowley's, 1993

Zoots

Interview with Sheila Ghelani.

2000s

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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

Interview with Bill Shelton

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Wimbledon House

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 2

J. Herbert Marshall Music Depot, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Rowley's and Courtauld's, c.2000

Rutland Street, 2002

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

The Queen's Building 2009, detail of the windows

The Queen's Building and G-Spot, 2002

The Queen's Building, 2003

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Wimbledon House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Athena, 2002

Curve under construction, 2006

Curve under construction, 2006

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

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Change machine

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.

Looking towards the Rowley Building from old tannery car park.

Inside the Two Queens art gallery, 2013

Manhattan 34, 2011

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.

Crunching through leaves.

Drawer.

Electrical substation on Queen Street.

Pepper mill.

Phoenix Café.

St George's Street bird song.

Queen's Building.

International Hotel customer parking entrance.

Graffiti on the far edge of the Phoenix car park.

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

Former International Hotel.

By Studio 79 opposite the Phoenix car park.

Alexandra House, 2014

LCB Depot from the courtyard.

Serbian Orthodox Church of St. George the Great Martyr.

Sosho nightclub from the front with sign

Sosho nightclub from the front, sign and door

St. George's Church

Studio 79.

A colour video (duration 47 seconds) of a man talking about memories of the early days of Phoenix Arts and the Cultural Quarter today.

Rowley's factory building.

Athena, 2012

Cherub branding on sock

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