The Dorothée Pullinger Project

Dorothée Pullinger MBE was a pioneering automobile and aeronautical engineer. She developed the Galloway car, a car specifically designed for women drivers; she was a founder member of the Women’s Engineering Society; she managed 7000 female workers in the production of armaments at Vickers’ Barrow-in-Furness factory during WWI and won the Scottish Six-Day Car Trials in 1924. Nevertheless for these and many other achievements she has remained something of an obscure figure.

The Dorothée Pullinger Project – set up by the University of the West of Scotland with the support of the Royal Academy of Engineering under the Ingenious public engagement programme – redresses this and is designed to spur on female apprentices, students and graduates to consider a career in engineering and STEM.

Studios’ film documents Pullinger’s association with Paisley through her grandmother; her brief time as a draughtsperson at the Paisley-based Arrol-Johnston Car Company (Underwood factory) run by her father, Thomas; her role in the development of the Galloway car at Heathhall and Tongland in Dumfries; her war work; and as the role model that she provides for women interested in engineering.