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Support us

The work of the Hansard Society has never been more vital. In the UK just 12% of 18-24 year olds say they are certain to vote at the next general election. Across Europe the financial crisis has eroded public confidence in democracy. And around the world, democracy is at a standstill with a third of the world’s nations still living under authoritarian regimes. 

To sustain the Society’s education and research work to promote democracy and strengthen Parliaments, we need the support of a wide range of individuals and organisations each year. There are a number of ways you can help us make a real difference: 

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Make a donation to the Society and you will follow in the footsteps of HM The Queen who has, on four occasions in the Society’s history, given a generous donation to support our work in the UK and across the Commonwealth. 

A single donation or regular gift will help support our education and research projects to promote democracy and strengthen Parliaments at home and abroad.  By making a donation to the Society you will help us to:

  • Run our nation-wide YVote Mock Elections programme in schools across the country to coincide with the 2014 European Parliament elections and the 2015 general election;
  • Offer scholarships to students from developing democracies to join our international scholars programme; 
  • Produce ground-breaking new research like our flagship Audit of Political Engagement – the only annual health check on our democratic system; 
  • Convene a free programme of public events across the country, such as Young People’s Question Time during Parliament Week. 

A regular gift is particularly valuable as it enables us to plan our activities and projects in advance. If you would like to make a regular gift please speak to a member of the Finance Team on 020 7710 6070.

If you would like to make a one-off donation you can send a cheque made payable to the Hansard Society and post it to, Hansard Society, 5th Floor, 9 King Street, EC2V 8EA. Please do not send cash in the post.

If you have any questions about making a donation, please contact us.


Become a Member

Join the Society and you follow in the footsteps of  our first members Winston Churchill and Clement Attlee. Our members join the Society to support our work financially and practically, but above all because they share the values of our mission: to promote democracy and strengthen parliaments. 

Your membership will help us to: 

  • Distribute free political literacy resources to schools across the country; 
  • Offer high quality training to citizenship education teachers; 
  • Convert our research into unique resources to support university students studying politics and related disciplines;
  • Maintain Lords of the Blog – the only collective parliamentary chamber blog across party lines, anywhere in the world; 
  • Provide a diverse programme of free, public Democracy Forum events on topical political and constitutional issues.

If you would like to become a Hansard Society Member, please complete our Membership Form.

Our Basic membership (£30) includes the following:

  • Electronic notification of our high-profile public seminars, meetings and briefings
  • Subscription to the Hansard Society’s monthly eNewsletter
  • Electronic notification of upcoming publications
  • Free publications posted to you

Our Premium membership (£75) includes all of the above and:

Parliamentary Affairs is an established peer-reviewed quarterly academic journal published by the Oxford University Press in association with the Hansard Society.

If you have any queries about our membership please do not hesitate to contact the Hansard Society at or telephone 020 7710 6070.


Support us through your shopping

You can support the Hansard Society while you shop online through the Give As You Live programme. With this free and easy service retailers donate a percentage of the price of your purchases to the Society – all at no additional cost to you. 

All you need to do is register on the site and download a toolbar for your browser.

To learn more about how it works please visit

Give as you Live brings together thousands of leading stores including Amazon, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Argos, Boots, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, TheTrainline, iTunes and Expedia. They have all signed up to donate a percentage of every purchase you make online to the Hansard Society. So all you have to do is shop at your favourite stores. It’s secure, confidential and a quick and easy way to support our work throughout the year.


Corporate Partners

From public events to educational resources, from student scholarships to research reports, there are lots of different ways that companies and associations can support the Society’s work to promote democracy both nationally and at the grassroots. Corporate partners can sponsor one off activities or invest in a wider programme of work. We work together with partners to deliver interesting and engaging projects of mutual benefit. Partners can generate valuable brand exposure on projects with a national profile but local reach, and can be associated with cutting edge research and thought-leadership that drives the agenda of democratic change at Westminster and in the devolved legislatures. In addition to direct investment in our work – be it financial, access to skills and expertise, or in-kind support – the Society also benefits through exposure to  Partners networks and the greater awareness of our work that this brings.

We have worked with law firm Bircham Dyson Bell to deliver a lunchtime seminar series on lesser known aspects of the legislative process such as hybrid bills.  PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy sponsored a ground-breaking study about Parliament’s approach to financial scrutiny which resulted in a House of Commons Liaison Committee inquiry. British Council Scotland supported a pamphlet and debate at the Scottish Festival of Politics on the question ‘Has devolution delivered for women?’ And with Elwood and Atfield we produced a ground-breaking report, ‘Friend or Foe’ which has shaped the ongoing debate about the future of lobbying.  

The Society is particularly looking for Partners to support the delivery of the YVote Mock Elections in schools programme nationwide in 2014 and 2015. At the last general election, 250,000 students took part; at the next general election, we want to raise that number to 500,000. We would also like to speak to any organisation interested in sponsoring scholarships to enable students from developing democracies to join our international scholars programme. 

If you are interested in learning more about our work and potential partnerships, please contact the Society’s Director, Dr Ruth Fox, at


Trusts and Foundations 

We are interested in working with any trusts and foundations that share our belief in the importance of parliamentary democracy and its promotion through education, research and engagement. In recent years our projects have been supported by bodies as diverse as the City Bridge Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, and the Open Society Foundation. If you would like to learn more about our work and any potential for future collaboration and partnership at the national or community level, please contact the Society’s Director, Dr Ruth Fox, at



Do you want to help? Have you got some free time you could spare? Our vital education and research projects are supported throughout the year by a small, dedicated band of volunteers. But demand for our work outstrips supply so there are always projects where more help would make a real difference. For more information about what you could do as a Hansard Society volunteer, please see our dedicated Volunteering page.


Follow our work / Spread the word

To promote democracy and strengthen Parliaments we need to spread the news about our work! You can support the Society by signing up for regular news updates.  Forward it to friends and family and encourage them to do the same and if you know a student or teacher who would be interested in our work be sure to pass it on to them. You can also find out what’s happening by following us on TwitterFacebook, and Google+ , and you can catch up with recordings of our latest events on YouTube.

Press enquiries

For press enquiries, please contact:

020 7710 6080
020 7710 6077
07779 666 771

Research team

Dr Ruth Fox, Director and Head of Research

Joel Blackwell, Senior Researcher

Scholars Programme dates

Dates for upcoming programmes:

Spring 2016
January 16 - April 23
Fee: £10,250.

Summer 2016
May 21 - July 16
Fee: £6200.

Autumn 2016
September 3 - December 10
Fee: £10,500.

Click here to apply

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