Welcome to Dreadnought South West

Founded by Josie Sutcliffe and Natalie McGrath, Dreadnought South West’s aim is to connect individuals and communities through telling great and courageous stories about women and girls, providing bold, high-quality arts and heritage work that inspires, educates and raises awareness throughout the South West and beyond.

Our first major project celebrated and marked the centenary of The Great 1913 Women’s Suffrage Pilgrimage, where women walked from Land’s End to Hyde Park demanding their right to vote. Dreadnought toured throughout the South West a new play Oxygen, and in addition there were many arts and heritage way-marker projects led by individuals and communities along the pilgrimage route. All these projects were inspired by the stories of women walking and protesting peacefully. It has been a model for Dreadnought’s work ever since.

Occupy the Airwaves 2020 will be broadcast live on Phonic FM Exeter’s Community Radio on Sunday 8th March from 8 am until Midnight.   We will celebrating International Women’s Day all day.  Listen in to hear inspiring stories from women from across the city of Exeter and beyond.

The programmes being broadcast will be announced here soon.  We will also be hosting a series of free activities in the Workshop Space at Exeter Phoenix from 11am until 5pm so please do come along and join us.


In 2018 we toured a new play; The Cause to 26 different locations across the South West with 46 performances. The play excited a wide range of audiences across the region and is published by Methuen & Co.

We also toured a new mobile sound archive designed by Stand and Stare throughout 2018 and 2019 called The Rebellious Sounds Archive to 20 different locations. This archive is an exciting and unique resource housing oral stories of women’s activism curated and collected by the project’s Co-ordinator Carmen Talbot. It is the first of its kind in the UK and it reached thousands of people.

The Rebellious Sounds Archive has now finished its 18 month tour of the South West, culminating with a performance of 6 newly commissioned songs inspired by the archive at the Cornish Life Museum in Helston in July. You can currently access story extracts here.

In 2019 we produced Occupy the Airwaves, 16 hours of community radio broadcasting on Phonic FM in Exeter on International Women’s Day, where there were over 70 women and girls involved on the day in broadcasting. Look out for new for Occupy the Airwaves 2020.

We exhibited our Rebellious Sounds Banner in the Walkway Gallery at Exeter Phoenix and at the first National Textile Biennial. Extracts of the stories from our Rebellious Sounds Archive have contributed to a new installation Her Voices as part of Plymouth’s Illuminate Festival 2019. We also hosted our very first Women Making Noise platform in 2019.

Rebellious Sounds Archive Listening Booth

Transcribe a story for the Rebellious Sounds Archive

For further information to find out how to get involved in transcribing for Dreadnought’s Rebellious Sounds Archive, please contact info.dreadnoughtsw@gmail.com – thank you! We would love to hear from you.

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