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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.

1910s

Rowley's fire, 1911

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, 1914

1930s

Freeman, Hardy and Willis building, c.1930.

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

Odeon Cinema under construction, 1937

1940s

Freeman, Hardy and Willis building, destroyed in a bombing raid.

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

Palais de Danse

Emerged from the rubble: under construction in 1956

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.

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

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Closing machine

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

1970s

Interview with Anna Mee.

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

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Closing machine

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

A collection of newspaper cuttings from the Leicester Mercury regarding Immigration to Leicester by Ugandan Asians. Part 1.

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 Danse

Official opening tomorrow

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

Wimbledon House, 1974.

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

Cannon House

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

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

Imperial Buildings

1980s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Happy Birthday Phoenix

Closing machine

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Cannon House

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

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

Imperial Buildings

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.

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 live…live the life you love

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

Fake shoe racket at local firm

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

Photograph of the Queen's Building

1990s

Interview with Anna Mee.

Closing machine

Interview with Beverley Haddon. Part 1

Cannon House

Interview with Donna Jackman and Charmaine Blake.

Interview with Hena Lakhani.

Interview with Rhonie Gordon.

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Interview with Winston Thomas.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

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

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

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

St George's Church (Serbian Orthodox), 1996

Victorian factory is back in fashion

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

Wimbledon Street, late 1990s

2000s

Closing machine

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Exchange Building

Imperial Buildings

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

Photograph of the Queen's Building

Interview with Nils Feldman.

J. Herbert Marshall Music Depot, 2003

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

The Queen's Building 2009, detail of the decoration.

The Queen's Building, detail of the front, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Urray House, 2004

Wimbledon House, 2004

Alexandra House, 2002

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Alexandra House, 2003

Curve and G-Spot at Christmas, 2009

Curve under construction, 2006

Curve under construction, 2006

Exchange Building, 2003

Exchange Building, 2003

2010s

Closing machine

Air operated windscreenwipers on a Metro Scania bus.

Bus Conductor ticket machine

Dennis Dominator bus entering the depot tunnel.

Metro Scania bus engine starting up.

Change machine

Rutland Street Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market.

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

Manhattan 34, 2011

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

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

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.

Charles Street.

Drawer.

Outside Curve.

Phoenix Café.

St George's Street bird song.

New playground.

Magnum Exhibition Hall sign.

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

Graffiti opposite The Shed.

Graffiti on the far edge of the Phoenix car park.

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

Alexandra House, 2014

Helsinki, 2014

LCB Depot 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

St. George's Church

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.

Queen Street car park.

Cherub branding on sock

Curve, 2012

Helsinki, 2013

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