Travel writing

Scope and Content

Margaret Pilkington travelled extensively throughout her life. The journals and correspondence provide information about the places she visited and her perceptions as well as a picture of the changing nature of twentieth-century travel and tourism. The correspondence and journals only cover tourist trips and do not represent all of her travels. Pilkington travelled widely but visited many places on multiple occasions.

Margaret Pilkington's travel writing is some of the most personal amongst her papers and elaborates on her interests in local customs, mountain scenery, art works and architecture. Many items contain illustrations.


The series is arranged into two subseries of travel journals and correspondence. The travel journals are arranged in chronological order, the correspondence is arranged in approximate chronological order, with undated items at the end.

Related Material

See also the series of sketchbooks (PIL/1/4/1), which includes Margaret Pilkington's sketchbooks from her visits to France, Nigeria, Italy, Sweden, Greece and Switzerland.

The prints and drawings by Pilkington held by the Whitworth Art Gallery include a number illustrating her travels abroad, including France (1923 and 1953) and Assisi (1924).