A Car for Women and Other Stories Exhibition Launch event for Audacious Women festival hosted by City Art Centre, Edinburgh

  • Kosmala, K. (Chair)
  • Grace, A. (Presenter)
  • Dr Nina Baker (Contributor)
  • Ilona Koscieja (Participant)
  • Katherine Kirk (Speaker)

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition


The Exhibition Opening of “A Car for Women and Other Stories" launched 2019 Audacious Women Festival hosted at City Art Centre, Edinburgh.

The exhibition explores the life of Dorothée Pullinger and the other "girl engineers" who sought professional engineering training in Galloway during WW1. They went on to produce the Galloway car, described as "a car made by ladies for others of their sex". A surviving model can be seen at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow. These audacious women were pioneers in areas which are still problematic for women's participation today.

Dorothée Pullinger started as apprentice engineer at the Arrol Johnson Motor Company in Paisley in 1910. At the start of WW1 she was head-hunted to Vickers' Engineering to manage 7000 female munition workers, including the ladies' football team. After the war she returned to Scotland as a Director of the Galloway Motor Company.

The Exhibition Opening included a short film about Dorothée’s life and a performance by singer/songwriters who have been inspired by Dorothée’s story.

The project team of A car for Women has also organised a storytelling workshop (Sunday 24th February) taking these stories as a starting point for inspiration.
Period22 Feb 201924 Feb 2019
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • heritage
  • women in history
  • gender
  • engineering
  • art production
  • archives
  • visibility