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Divya Ghelani interviewed on BBC Radio Leicester

Posted: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:58

Divya Ghelani interviewed on BBC Radio Leicester


Divya Ghelani spoke to BBC Radio Leicester's Rupal Ranjani on 20 February about her project collecting stories of the Cultural Quarter from the South Asian community.

Divya is interviewing people who lived, worked or socialised in the area, which was formerly home to many footwear and hosiery manufacturers. Their stories will become part of the Affective Digital Histories archive, which you can access on this website.

Divya also talked about other aspects of the project, including the Hidden Stories and Sounds of the Cultural Quarter apps, and the forthcoming 'Hidden Stories' book which will feature her work An Imperial Typewriter alongside other specially commissioned pieces.

You can listen to Divya's interview online via the BBC Radio Leicester website at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02hrrj4#auto. The interview runs from 11:10 - 20:50 mins.

Your Quarter, Your Culture, Your Story

Posted: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:59

Your Quarter, Your Culture, Your Story

We invite you to step into our video booth and share your stories and memories of Leicester's Cultural Quarter.

Tell us what you used to do in the Cultural Quarter, where you went and who with. Or tell us how you spend your time in the area now. Whatever your story, we want to hear it.

Recording your story is easy – just follow the simple instructions inside the booth. Your video will then be uploaded to the Affective Digital Histories archive and you, and everyone else will be able to access it online.

The video booth will be located in the foyer at Phoenix (Midland Street, Leicester) from 20th October, before it moves onto other Cultural Quarter venues.

Affective Digital Histories on TV News!

Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:13

Eagle-eyed viewers in the East Midlands might've spotted project team members Colin Hyde, Andrew Hill and Ming Lim being interviewed about Affective Digital Histories on BBC East Midlands Today during yesterday's lunchtime and evening bulletins. You can 'watch again' on BBC iPlayer (from around 15 minutes in).

Sounds of the Cultural Quarter: your help needed!

Posted: Fri, 30 May 2014 20:35

The Sounds of the Cultural Quarter is a project that is recording the sounds of the Cultural Quarter both now and in the past.

For the sounds of the past, Andrew Hill of De Montfort University and Colin Hyde of the University of Leicester are using the archives held by the University of Leicester to guide them in re-creating the sounds of the Cultural Quarter in the 1970s, '80s and '90s. These sounds will include machinery from hosiery factories and printing works, buses and police cars, music from clubs.

You can see some of the archives here.

For the sounds of the present we need your help! We are asking people who live or work in the Cultural Quarter to record up to a minute of the sound of their living or work environment on a mobile phone or recording device and send it to us for inclusion in the sound library.

The sound libraries will then be available for the public to create their own soundscapes or trails and will be used by the team to create audio trails through the Cultural Quarter of the present and the past.

Download a Sounds of the Cultural Quarter information pack.

Once we have created the sound libraries there will be the opportunity for you to use them to create new soundscapes, trails, or pieces of audio.

For more information contact:

Colin Hyde, University of Leicester, email: ch38@le.ac.uk, tel: 0116 2525065, website.

Dr Andrew Hill, De Montfort University, email: a.hill@dmu.ac.uk, website.

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