Rosie Kennedy is a modern British historian 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 and explores how children were mobilised for the war effort and how they responded its challenges.
Rosie is interested in the process of memory and the relationship between an individual and their past and her work uses memoir and autobiography as well as children’s writing and their material culture. Her most recent work focuses on Edwardian children’s imaginative engagement with the First World War, explored through their toys and games, and she is currently 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.
- BA Modern History, Economic History and Politics, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2000
- PhD History, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2006
Area of supervision
Rosie welcomes research proposals on modern British social and cultural history, particularly those focused on the history of childhood.
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