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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.

Alexandra House, c.1900.

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

1910s

Vestry Street Baths.

Rowley's fire, 1911

Rowley's fire, 1911

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

1920s

Vestry Street Baths.

St George's Mills, 1927

1930s

Vestry Street Baths.

Freeman, Hardy and Willis building, c.1930.

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

Just rubble: remains of the original warehouse in 1955

Wimbledon Works, Leicester

1960s

Vestry Street Baths.

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

1970s

Vestry Street Baths.

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding immigration to Leicester. Part 3

Collection of photographs of Charles Street (2)

Northern Soul night at the Palais de Dance

Official opening tomorrow

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

Cannon House

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

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Marginalia: graffiti, urban coding and the semiotics of the street.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding the Palais de Danse, Leicester

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

1980s

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

Closing machine

Interview with John Barradell.

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.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Marginalia: graffiti, urban coding and the semiotics of the street.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding the Palais de Danse, Leicester

Interview with Winston Thomas.

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.

Rutland Street, opposite Odeon Cinema, 1983.

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

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

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

Women at work in Rowley's, 1988

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

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

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

Change machine

Wimbledon House

1990s

Closing machine

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.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Marginalia: graffiti, urban coding and the semiotics of the street.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

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

Change machine

Wimbledon House

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding nightclubs, in particular Zoots.

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

On the roof of Alexandra House, late 1990s

St George's Church (Serbian Orthodox), 1996

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Interview with Sheila Ghelani.

2000s

Closing machine

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Marginalia: graffiti, urban coding and the semiotics of the street.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

Change machine

Wimbledon House

Guild of the Crippled

Guild of the Crippled

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 2

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

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 decoration.

The Queen's Building and G-Spot, 2002

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Athena, 2005

Before Curve, 2002

Curve and G-Spot at Christmas, 2009

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

Closing machine

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Doors on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Driver getting in a Dennis Dominator bus.

Marginalia: graffiti, urban coding and the semiotics of the street.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

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.

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

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

Inside the Two Queens art gallery, 2013

Manhattan 34, 2011

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2012

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

The Queen's building, 2013

Butter dish.

Critical Mass bike ride in Orton Square.

Crunching through leaves.

Metal gate.

Morledge Street and Southampton Street.

Outside Curve.

St George's Street bird song.

Pfister and Vogel stonework.

New playground.

Magnum Exhibition Hall sign.

International Hotel customer parking entrance.

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

Former International Hotel.

Helsinki, 2014

LCB Depot from the courtyard.

Makers' Yard from the courtyard.

Sosho nightclub from the corner

Sosho nightclub from the front with sign

View from 19 Queen Street.

Rowley's factory building.

Athena, 2012

Curve, 2012

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