Traveller in Time: gender, national identity and the formation of childrens British History
Dr.Dolly Mackinnon, University of Queensland, Australia.
We are delighted to have made contact with Dr.Mackinnon and can recommend her recent article in Women’s History Review, Nov.2011. She analyses ‘this overlooked work’ and redresses Uttley’s absence from the historiography. She concludes: “Uttley was a major contributor to the formation of children’s national identity through the homes and schools of urban and rural Britain and well beyond.” Dr Mackinnon has done much of her original research in Britain and has stayed at Manor Farm, which inspired Alison to write her historical, time-slip novel. She has kindly donated a copy of her article to the Ashburne Hall Morley Library and hopes to visit us in the future. She writes:
“When I first picked up the book I never imagined where reading the text might take me, nor how the book would stay with me and much later become a focus of study. Uttley’s Traveller in Time had a wide reach when it was first published, and it has had a longevity in terms of its ongoing availability in reprint ever since.”