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 forty-five arts and heritage way-marker projects led by individuals and communities along the pilgrimage route. All of these were inspired by the stories of women walking and protesting peacefully. It has been a model for Dreadnought’s work ever since.

Having been awarded Emergency Funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support our resilience and vision during this unprecedented time, we were excited to be able to continue our work in 2020. This included a series of free online workshops in September; including Choir Leader, Claire Ingleheart, Award winning Playwright, Paula B. Stanic, Community Activist, Sandhya Dave and Poet and Rapper Silai Estatira.

GET INVOLVED:  We launched our Rebellious Objects collection call out in 2020.  So please do get in touch if you have an object of rebellion you would like to share for our online gallery here:  info.dreadnoughtsw@gmail.com

CURRENT:  We are working away, planning and collaborating once again with Phonic FM for Occupy the Airwaves 2021, having successfully received support from Awards For All, Elmgrant Trust and Exeter University.  To ensure that this event happens safely due to Covid-19 programmes will be made in advance and broadcast on International Women’s Day, March 8th 2021.

NEWS:  We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded support from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, which will enable us to undertake core work until the end of March 2021.  This is a massive boost to our organisation.  Our thanks go to the Department of Culture and Sport (DCMS), National Lottery Heritage Fund UK and London and South National Lottery Heritage Fund for supporting our work.  Look out for ways to engage with us during this time.

Occupy the Airwaves 2020  was broadcast live on Phonic FM Exeter’s Community Radio on Sunday 8th March from 8am until Midnight; celebrating International Women’s Day.  You will be able to listen in again to the inspiring programmes and stories from women from across the city of Exeter and beyond that took place on the day.  We will announce this here very soon.A massive thank you to everyone involved.  It was a truly wonderful event with so many people joining us in the Workshops Space at the Phoenix and at Ashburton Arts Centre.

You can see more images here »


Rebellious Sounds Archive

Dreadnought South West’s Rebellious Sounds Archive completed an 18 month tour of the South West during 2018 and 2019, culminating with a performance of 6 newly commissioned songs inspired by the archive at the Cornish Life Museum in Helston in July 2019.  This was made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

You can currently access all 48 story extracts here, and have access to the songs of Rebellion here.

If you are interested in the archive please do get in touch: info.dreadnought@gmail.com

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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