Music Magic: The History of Motown

It’s Black History Month* here in the UK, an opportunity to further highlight and celebrate black stories which are too often missing from mainstream conversation. With this in mind, today on Some Sources Say we’re going to explore Berry Gordy and the creation of “one of the most successful Black-owned businesses” in America. We have … Continue reading Music Magic: The History of Motown

Snapshot of History: Michelangelo & the Sistine Chapel

In my latest Snapshot of History video we'll be exploring Michelangelo & the Sistine Chapel! Check it out now below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0afGukEbbio   What are your thoughts on Michelangelo's work? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Never want to miss a post? Then make sure to join the Some Sources Say … Continue reading Snapshot of History: Michelangelo & the Sistine Chapel

The Theatrical Life of Tate Wilkinson

My article for the Secret Library Leeds blog is out now!

The Secret Library | Leeds Libraries Heritage Blog

On the Secret Library this week we have a article from guest writer Dominique Trigg, the creator of Some Sources Say, who has written about the fascinating  life of Tate Wilkinson, an Eighteenth Century pioneer of Leeds Theatre. If you would like to read more excellent articles from Dominique then you should visit Some Sources Say.

Tate Wilkinson (1739-1803) had an important role to play in the history of Leeds.

Tate Wilkinson (1739-1803) had an important role to play in the history of Leeds.

In 1771 he opened the first theatre in the city, known as ‘The Theatre’ located on Hunslet Lane. This was the start of a theatrical movement in the city, with modern day Leeds now enjoying many wonderful venues including the City Varieties, Slung Low’s HUB and Leeds Playhouse.

Plan of the Theatre 1847 By kind permission of Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net

But who was Tate Wilkinson?

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The Olympians

Here in the 21st century Greek mythology continues to hold our attention. These ancient stories have provided inspiration for a number of recent novels like Rick Riodan's Percy Jackson saga, Madeline Miller's Song of Achilles and Circe and Natalie Haynes' A Thousand Ships. They've also provided inspiration for Hollywood, where these ancient stories become blockbusters … Continue reading The Olympians

Recommendation: ‘The House of Clarence’ by Alison Weir

Recently on Twitter I came across author and historian Alison Weir's kind offer to send history fans a copy of 'The House of Clarence' as a nice distraction during the UK lockdown. It's a short biography sent as a word.doc focusing on George, Duke of Clarence (brother of Edward IV and Richard III) and his … Continue reading Recommendation: ‘The House of Clarence’ by Alison Weir