Period: 5 Oct 2017
Media Coverage: Web
Kosmala.K, Kirk.K, Anthony Grace, Evdoxia Viza.
Dorothée Pullinger’s extraordinary life and work continues to fascinate cultural researchers and engineering historians, now UWS academics are searching for her Paisley connection. The research was enabled by a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award in 2017 for “A Car for Women, and other stories” project, and the University of the West of Scotland’s Vice Principal’s Research Fund, under the multidisciplinary joint venture between the teams of the School of Engineering and Computing led by Prof Katherine Kirk and the School of Media, Culture and Society led by Prof Katarzyna Kosmala of University of the West of Scotland in collaboration with Scottish cultural organizations and independent historians.




In search of Dorothée Pullinger’s Paisley Connection

Period: 11 Oct 2017

Media Coverage: Web

Kosmala.K, Kirk.K, Anthony Grace.



Feature pointing out why extraordinary life of the pioneering motor engineer Dorothée Pullinger links with UWS research on Paisley heritage and the film project on her work and life.




Driving ambition ahead of her time

Period: 20 Oct 2017

Media Coverage: Print

Kosmala.K, Kirk.K, Anthony Grace, Dr Nina Baker, Evdoxia Viza.



UWS academics in the School of Media, Culture and Society and in the School of Engineering and Computing together with curators and industrial historians probe Dorothée Pullinger’s connection with Paisley town and Paisley industrial heritage.





A Car for a Women a Career for all

Period: 1 Jan 2018

Media Coverage: Web

Kosmala.K, Kirk.K, Anthony Grace.



The feature in Engineering section of UWS postgraduate prospectus 2018 using the research project as an example of attractive career for both genders in engineering field. The information on how the research project has been already used for a production of creative work with MA students in Media Culture and Society students is also detailed.





A Car for a Woman and Other Stories

Period: 1 Mar 2018

Media Coverage: Print

Kosmala.K, Kirk.K, Anthony Grace, Dr Nina Baker, Neil Johnson-Symington, Evdoxia Viza


Feature detailing the film project that hopes to inspire the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering by revealing the untold histories of women engineers. The film acts as a vehicle for the project to tell Dorothée’s story, and will have an interdisciplinary impact – not just reaching engineers through exemplars of engineering, but also providing creative opportunities for cultural and media students. The film has inspired UWS music MA students, who have produced songs written from the point of view of the women engineers who moved to Dumfries to work on the car.

Feature by Portia Sale based on the interview with Prof K Kirk and Prof K Kosmala.





Voices of Women in the Great War and its Aftermath (Conference)

Period: 13 Apr 2018


Kosmala, K. (Invited speaker), Kirk, K. (Invited speaker), Dr Nina Baker (Invited speaker), Henrietta Heald (Invited speaker), Sarah Pears (Chair), Anne Locker (Invited speaker)


Soapsuds to Boilersuits – Dr Nina Baker
A Car for a Woman, a Career for All – Professor Katherine Kirk and Professor Katarzyna Kosmala
Women who started the Women’s Engineering Society – Henrietta Heald
Margaret Partridge and the Defeat of the Nightwork Rule -Anne Locker

Many women gained technical and professional engineering skills in WW1, some rising to positions of considerable responsibility. The Restoration of Prewar Practices Act 1919 obliged employers to sack any woman doing any work formerly done by a man. Very few were able to continue, which was the reason why the Women’s Engineering Society was set up in 1919. This panel will include speakers on some outstanding women engineers of the period who emerged from the war to become leaders in the movement to allow women to be professional engineers. We will also consider what foundations they laid for today’s women in engineering.




ICH and Hidden Industrial Herstories in Scotland paper session.

at the UWS conference (In)visible Stories: An investigation into the status of ICH in Scotland

Period: 14 May 2018

Ayr, United Kingdom

Katarzyna Kosmala(Speaker), Tara Beall (Speaker), Anthony Grace(Speaker), Katherine Kirk(Speaker), Dr Nina Baker (Speaker), Evdoxia Viza(Speaker), Patricia Munoz De Escalona(Speaker), Meg Dunn(Speaker)


In 2003 UNESCO developed the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). In 2005, the EU developed The Framework Convention of the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society. To date, the 2003 Convention has been ratified by 163 states, however, notably, the UK has not ratified either.
ICH bridges studies of law, folklore, culture, health, education, history and heritage. It has significant international recognition but remains under scrutinised within a Scottish context. ICH has particular application in the Scottish circumstances of sub-state or stateless nationhood, especially through contemporary efforts to achieve greater levels of codification for objects, language and cultural practices. However, ICH also raises ambiguities over less tangible or unofficial elements of cultural heritage relating to the much vaunted social and political value placed on ‘authenticity’.
We are happy to announce a call for papers for the above conference to be held 14th May at the University of the West of Scotland, Ayr Campus.
The aim of this conference is to take a multi-disciplinary approach to the examination of ICH, with a particular focus on what it means within a Scottish context. This may involve investigating examples of expressions of ICH that are considered part of Scotland’s cultural heritage; the relationship between ICH and Scottish politics; how intangible cultural heritage affects individual and community identity; how ICH is passed down and regenerated; and the legal status of ICH in Scotland.
Hosted at UWS’s Ayr Campus, this conference seeks to attract input from academics and practitioners working in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Scotland.

Panel: ICH and Hidden Industrial Herstories in Scotland Chair: Professor Katarzyna Kosmala

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Related event

  • (In)visible Stories: An investigation into the status of ICH in Scotland.






10th Biennial Gender, Work & Organization Conference

Period: 15 Jun 2018

Katarzyna Kosmala(Speaker), Dr Nina Baker (Speaker), Jane Parker (Chair), Jo Bensemann (Member of programme committee), Nazim Taskin (Member of programme committee), Jane Halteh (Member of programme committee), Noelle Donnelly (Member of programme committee)


Conference paper by K Kosmala and N Baker
‘Is ‘Personal Agency’ Enough to Make the Break Through? A Case Study of a Successful Pioneering Woman in Engineering’
Working Women’s Progression and Experiences in Context

The paper revises the concepts of identity and power through a historical account of the entrepreneurial agency of a pioneering woman in the engineering field, Dorothée Pullinger. Her leadership role, management expertise and professionalism are examined, in the contextual conditions of occupational practice, and the potential for agency to be transformative for an Edwardian woman to become a pioneering engineer, entrepreneur and personnel management expert.

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About the conference event

  • 10th Biennial Gender, Work & Organization Conference   13/06/18 → 16/06/18, Sydney , Australia





Glasgow Science Festival’s  Monumental woman in STEM is pioneering engineer Dorothée Pullinger!

Period: 3 Jul 2018

Glasgow Riverside Museum



A virtual Dorothée on a plinth was one of those on display yesterday at the Glasgow Riverside Museum.





Celebrating Scotland’s Industrial Heritage

Dr Derek Alexander (Speaker), John Andrew (Speaker), Mark Ashmole (Speaker), Emma Halford Forbes (Speaker), Ian Johnston (Speaker), Kiara King (Speaker), Miriam McDonald (Speaker), Dr David Mitchell (Speaker), Dr Brian Newman (Speaker),  Dr Miles Oglethorpe (Speaker), Alastair Rawlinson (Speaker), Mark Watson (Speaker)


A one-day conference dedicated to celebrating Scotland’s extraordinarily rich industrial heritage. Speakers from across the heritage sector will talk about how they became involved with industrial heritage, why it is so important to Scotland, the extent of its global reach, and why it is such a crucial part of our future.


Speaker Profiles

Date: 16 August 2018

Location: Engine Shed, Stirling


Women in car design from earliest times to modern day.

Period: 23 Aug 2018

Dundee Museum of Transport

Dr Nina Baker (Speaker)



Women have been involved in designing automobiles from the very earliest days of the invention of the internal combustion engine road vehicle. This talk will introduce a number of women from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and also focus on Dorothée Pullinger’s involvement with the Galloway “car for ladies”.


Dorothée Pullinger and the Galloway Car

Period: 31 Aug 2018, 1st Sep 2018 (walk)

Millhouse at Gatehouse of Fleet




This talk will focus on the Arrol Johnston offshoot – the Galloway Engineering Company, the women who worked in the Tongland and Heathhall factories and Dorothée in particular. The Walk on Saturday morning will aim to see the Tongland factory and the site of its associated hydroelectric power plant.





Heritage Across the Borders: Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference

1 Sep 2018 → 6 Sep 2018

Hangzhou, China



The 2018 conference takes ‘borders’ as a broadly defined, yet key, concept for better understanding how heritage is valued, preserved, politicised, mobilised, financed, planned and destroyed. Thinking through borders raises questions about theories of heritage, its methodologies of research, and where its boundaries lie with tourism, urban development, post-disaster recovery, collective identities, climate change, memory or violent conflict.
Borders tell us much about the complex role heritage plays in societies around the world today. Historically speaking, physical and political borders have led to ideas about enclosed cultures, and a language of cultural property and ownership which marches forward today in tension alongside ideals of universalism and the cosmopolitan.
One of the key contributions of critical heritage studies has been to draw attention to the role of heritage in constructing and operationalising boundaries and borders of many kinds-national, social, cultural, ethnic, economic and political. In what ways do international flows of capital rework indigenous and urban cultures, and reshape nature in ways that redefine existing boundaries?





Paper session; Gender Construction, Perpetuating Cultures and Heritage: Tackling Marginalization; Rewriting Histories at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Period: 2 Sep 2018 → 6 Sep 2018

Katarzyna Kosmala(Chair), Tara Beall (Chair)


Chair for the paper session 043 Gender Construction, Perpetuating Cultures and Heritage: Tackling Marginalization; Rewriting Histories

This session will address issues surrounding the construction and representation of gender within heritage contexts. Specifically, the session will engage with issues of women’s visibility within existing heritage narratives and dominant cultural discourses, exploring the potential utility of intangible cultural heritage to trouble or nuance existing hegemonic narratives and their representation of gender (Smith, 2009). We seek to address challenges associated with the construction and representation of gender in contemporary culture, and within historical records, by infusing feminist critique into wider heritage discourses.

This is a foregrounding of small ‘p’ politics, a praxis which embraces everyday struggle. This definition of political engagement articulates the practicing of politics through feminist-inspired research, illuminating engagement within institutional framings, organizational cultures, and dominant systems as well as ‘communities of interests’ –refracting potential revisions of existing heritage narratives.

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  • Paper session; Gender Construction, Perpetuating Cultures and Heritage: Tackling Marginalization; Rewriting Histories at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China: Theme 7 Heritage and Justice, session 043 1/09/18 → 6/09/18





Challenging the Heroic Engineer Model of Industrial Heritage: Amplifying the Voice of the Past

Period: 5 Sep 2018

Katarzyna Kosmala(Speaker), Dr Nina Baker (Speaker)



Paper presented at the ACHS 2018 conference

That there are hidden stories of women engineers will not be a surprise to gender historians and cultural theorists, but it can be to heritage experts or engineering professionals. This paper draws on insights from the project aimed to make use of the story of Dorothée Pullinger, early woman engineer, as an intervention tool to help build today’s engineers’ confidence and skills in telling their own stories.
Drawing on Bruno Latour’s conceptualisation of the complex relationship between subject and object, the intersection between woman’s subject and woman’s object is considered.

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“Engenious women!”

Period: 18 Oct 2018

Paisley Soroptimists




This talk will look at women in engineering quite generally, both past and present, with a focus on Dorothée Pullinger in Paisley and elsewhere, followed by a brief history of the Women’s Engineering Society and its work today.




Paisley Philosophical Institution

Period: 14 Feb 2019

Paisley Philosophical Institution



The Paisley Philosophical Institution are, unsurprisingly, interested in anything with a historical connection to Paisley.This talk will look at the earliest days of Arrol Johnston and the Pullinger’s connections with Paisley.



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