In the final year of The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund ("the Fund") a project was undertaken to donate the Fund's files into an accessible archive at the British LIbrary. The archive project was conceived of as a key part of the Fund's legacy; a way of sharing the learning that the Fund had acquired over its fifteen years as a grantmaker. Foundations are important stewards of social history and the Fund's Board felt strongly that the learning acquired through the work of the Fund's grantees and partners should be shared for researchers to learn from long after the Fund closed.
This report has been written by one of the archivists involved in the Fund's archive project. The first section of the report contains a summary of the archive project, explaining how the Fund practically went about building an archive and donating it to an archival repository. It is hoped that other voluntary sector organisations which are considering creating an archive will find that this report on the Fund's experiences contains useful and practical suggestions.