Celebrating rebellious women's voices in South West England

Display with headphones to access the Rebellious Sound Archive

Heritage Grants

Exeter
Dreadnought South West
£60000
Dreadnought South West collected untold stories about women and girls to inspire and educate communities in South West England.

In 2017, Dreadnought South West received a £60,000 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for their online Rebellious Sounds Archive. The archive now contains oral histories about women and their activism, with special emphasis on BAME, LGBT+ and disability stories.

Volunteers helped collect and transcribe the oral history excerpts and researched stories of suffragettes in the South West.

Carmen Talbot, Rebellious Sounds Archive Coordinator, said: “One of the brilliant things about working on this project was the ability to document social her-story as it happened, as well as uncover untold stories from past decades.”

More recently, a grant of £19,100 from our Heritage Emergency Fund and £24,400 from our Culture Recovery Fund helped keep Dreadnought going in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“One of the brilliant things about working on this project was the ability to document social her-story as it happened, as well as uncover untold stories from past decades.”

The funding is being used for website management and technical equipment for recording and broadcasting from home.

They used it to host free online talks in September 2020 by women artists such as rapper and poet Silai Estatira and choral arranger Claire Ingleheart.

They are currently looking for submissions for their Rebellious Objects online collection.