Dr Rosie Kennedy

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Position Lecturer
Department History
Email rosie.kennedy (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7490
Dr Rosie Kennedy

Rosie Kennedy is a historian of modern Britain whose research focuses on the history of childhood. Rosie’s work explores the lived experience of early twentieth century British childhoods with a particular focus on war, education, the family, games and play. Her monograph The Children’s War: Britain 1914-18 (Palgrave in 2014) considers British children’s experience of the First World War, exploring how children were mobilised for the war effort and how they responded its challenges. You can listen to Rosie talking about her research in this podcast on the British Home Front during the First World War here.

Rosie has been the book reviews editor for the British Journal for Military History since 2019.

Academic qualifications

  • BA Modern History, Economic History and Politics, Royal Holloway, University of London 2000
  • PhD, Goldsmiths, University of London 2006

Teaching and Supervision

Research interests

Currently, Rosie is working on pacifism in early twentieth century British education. This research focuses on Quaker education and the Socialist Sunday School movement and Rosie is particularly interested in how children responded to the contesting discourses on war competing for their attention during this period. Rosie is also interested in the process of memory and the relationship between an individual and their past. Her work uses memoir and autobiography as well as children’s writing and their material culture to explore the significance of childhood for our understanding of the past.



Kennedy, Rosie . 2014. The Children's War Britain, 1914-1918. e-book: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137319357

Book Section

Kennedy, Rosie . 2018. 'So strangely works the mind of a child' - Childhood, Memory and the First World War. In: Angela K Smith and Sandra Barkhof, eds. War, Experience and Memory in Global Cultures Since 1914. Routledge. ISBN 9781138592544

Kennedy, Rosie . 2015. ‘”How Merrily the Battle Rages”: Props for Make-Believe in the Edwardian Nursery’. In: Lissa Paul; Rosemary R. Johnston and Emma Short, eds. Children's Literature and Culture of the First World War. New York: Routledge, pp. 226-238. ISBN 9781138947832


Kennedy, Rosalind Joan Sarah . 2006. The Children's War: British children's experience of the Great War. Post-Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

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