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.


In 2018 we toured a new play; The Cause to 26 different locations across the South West, and a new mobile touring archive called The Rebellious Sounds Archive to 17 different places. The archive is an exciting and unique resource housing oral stories of women’s activism curated and collected by Project Co-ordinator Carmen Talbot.

In 2019 we have produced Occupy the Airwaves, 16 hours of community radio broadcasting on Phonic FM in Exeter on International Women’s Day, exhibited our Rebellious Sounds Banner in the Walkway Gallery at Exeter Phoenix, and hosted our very first Women Making Noise platform.

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

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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