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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.

1900s

Alexandra House, c.1900.

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

1910s

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

1920s

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

St George's Mills, 1927

Guild of the Crippled, 1927

1930s

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

1940s

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

1950s

Crowning of Cinderella at the Palais de Danse

Just rubble: remains of the original warehouse in 1955

Victorian grandeur: original 1880's warehouse of Freeman, Hardy and Willis

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.

Interview with Anna Mee.

1960s

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

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1969

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Faire Brothers Ltd.

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 John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

1970s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Faire Brothers Ltd.

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 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.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding industrial disputes at Imperial Typewriters

Collection of photographs of Charles Street.

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

Official opening tomorrow

Warehouse to be turned into a hotel

For the love of something

Interview with George Cole.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

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 Palais de Danse, Leicester

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

1980s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Interview with Paul Shelvington.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Faire Brothers Ltd.

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 John Barradell.

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Interview with George Cole.

Interview with Wendy Christian.

Cannon House

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

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 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, handover to Serbian Orthodox Church, 1983

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

Women at work in Rowley's, 1988

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.

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Wimbledon House

1990s

Interview with Anna Mee.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Faire Brothers Ltd.

Closing machine

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Cannon House

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

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

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Wimbledon House

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Inside Alexandra House, late 1990s

Interview with an anonymous man born in 1970.

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

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Zoots

2000s

Closing machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

Exchange Building

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 2.

Wimbledon House

Guild of the Crippled

Interview with Nils Feldman.

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse, 2002

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Premier House, 2003

Rutland Street, 2002

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.

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2005

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2004

Athena, 2005

Curve and G-Spot at Christmas, 2009

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

Closing machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Dennis Dominator bus parking.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Metro Scania buses passing.

Setting the destination number on a Dennis Dominator bus.

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.

Rutland Street Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market.

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

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

Socks made by Cherub

The Queen's building, 2013

Building works Squirrel Building.

Charles Street.

Crunching through leaves.

Electrical substation on Queen Street.

Morledge Street and Southampton Street.

Outside Curve.

Pepper mill.

Pfister and Vogel stonework.

New playground.

Magnum Exhibition Hall sign.

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.

By Studio 79 opposite the Phoenix car park.

Helsinki, 2014

Makers' Yard from the courtyard.

Phoenix, taken from alongside St George's Way.

Sosho nightclub from the corner

Sosho nightclub from the front with sign

Sosho nightclub from the front, sign and door

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.

Wimbledon House doorway.

Queen Street car park.

Athena, 2012

Curve, 2012

Helsinki, 2013

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