The Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) was awarded a grant of £80,600 in September 2019 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) for the Sisters Doing It For Themselves project.

The project set out to create a unique oral history archive documenting the testimonies of unknown current and past leaders of London-based women's charities and interviews between schoolgirls and women leaders. Through the experiences and lives of past and present leaders of London-based women’s organisations, The project explored the relationship between prevailing socio-political contexts, the women’s movement, and the women’s voluntary and community sector (WVCS).

It also examined the impact of the WVCS on campaigning for and influencing changes on women’s structural position as well as exploring the impact on the lives of the women themselves as the drivers of the movement.

Anita Wan, Heritage Consultant, was appointed in March 2021 to carry out an evaluation of this project in order to:

  • determine if the desired outcomes have been achieved
  • better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the project
  • build an evidence base to inform the development of future projects.

Evaluation activity took place March - April 2021 and the report was completed prior to the online Archive Launch event on 28th April 2021.