National recognition for Exeter’s Rebellious Sounds Archive 5th February

Me to Hubby: “how do you fancy a feminist event for Valentine’s night?”


The Rebellious Sounds Archive is creating the very first oral archive of women’s activism stories from across the South West. Launching on Wednesday 14t​h​ February at the Exeter Phoenix, with an interactive listening booth that houses the oral stories, this​ insightful campaign aims to collect ​over 40​ women’s stories.

The Rebellious Sounds Archive ​commemorates the centenary of the first voting rights for some women in the UK in a unique style. 

We are delighted to open to the public on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th of February at the Exeter Phoenix to begin our tour and showcase some of the incredible women’s activism stories collected so far. We hope that many people will come and engage with our interactive listening booth. We also have a live crowdfunder campaign to help fund key outreach elements of our educational and inspiring campaign. 

Carmen Talbot (Project Coordinator for the campaign)

The Rebellious Sounds Archive has been developed by ​Josie Sutcliffe and Natalie McGrath, Co – Founders of ​Dreadnought South West (DSW). DSW’s purpose is to advance the education of the public,​ and in particular but not exclusively to women and girls, in the role of women in society from both an historical and modern day perspective.

Natalie McGrath of DSW said: “ The oral archive will represent the diversity of women in the 21st Century. ​Stories relating to BAME​, LGBTQ+, disability, gender and racial equality, legislation, democracy, employment rights, workplace discrimination, eco-activism, Greenham Common ​and older women are of particular interest. We aim to expose the deep impressions made by women in society and to reveal a host of fascinating stories.”

For more information about the Rebellious Sounds Archive and to support the crowdfunder, visit

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Exeter City Council, ​Fawcett Devon​ and the Exeter Phoenix the Rebellious Sounds Archive are putting the South West on the map for women, heritage and activism.


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