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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
1890s

The Leicester Secular Hall

1900s

Interior of the Leicester Secular Hall

Alexandra House, c.1900.

The Leicester Secular Hall

1910s

Rowley's fire, 1911

Rowley's fire, 1911

1920s

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

Pfister and Vogel Warehouse

St George's Mills, 1927

1930s

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

Wimbledon Works, Leicester

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

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.

St George's Churchyard, 1966

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

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.

1970s

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

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.

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 by Ugandan Asians. Part 1.

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

Collection of photographs of Charles Street (2)

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

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

Warehouse to be turned into a hotel

Wimbledon House, 1974.

For the love of something

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

Cannon House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Metro Scania buses passing.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Immigration to Leicester by Ugandan Asians. Part 2.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Imperial Buildings

Interview with Trevor Lock, part 1.

1980s

Interview with Anna Mee.

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

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.

Cannon House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Metro Scania buses passing.

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Immigration to Leicester by Ugandan Asians. Part 2.

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.

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

Fake shoe racket at local firm

Gays want a city cafe

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

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

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.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

1990s

Interview with Anna Mee.

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

Interview with Randy Stabana

Closing machine

Cannon House

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

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.

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

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.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

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.

St George's Church (Serbian Orthodox), 1996

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Zoots

2000s

Closing machine

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

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.

Photograph of the Queen's Building

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

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 decoration.

The Queen's Building 2009, detail of the windows

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2005

Alexandra House, 2003

Athena, 2005

Curve and G-Spot at Christmas, 2009

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

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus engine starting up.

Dennis Dominator bus moving.

Metro Scania buses passing.

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.

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

Inside the Two Queens art gallery, 2013

Inside the Two Queens art gallery, 2013

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

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

Socks made by Cherub

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

Building works Squirrel Building.

Butter dish.

Crunching through leaves.

Drawer.

Electrical substation on Queen Street.

Loading of an exhibition van at Phoenix Arts.

Metal gate.

Morledge Street and Southampton Street.

Outside Curve.

Queen's Building.

Pfister and Vogel stonework.

International Hotel customer parking entrance.

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

Graffiti opposite The Shed.

Curve Theatre interior.

By Studio 79 opposite the Phoenix car park.

Helsinki, 2014

Makers' Yard from the courtyard.

Serbian Orthodox Church of St. George the Great Martyr.

Snooker.

Sosho nightclub from the corner

Sosho nightclub from the front with sign

Sosho nightclub from the front, sign and door

St. George's Church

Tannery sign at Queen Street car park.

Rowley's factory building.

Queen Street car park.

Cherub branding on sock

Helsinki, 2013

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