Become a member

Join us and help support our work to improve the way Parliament works and champion a more informed public debate about Parliament and parliamentary democracy.

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This is a crucial time for our parliamentary democracy. There is growing concern about the constitutional balance of power between Parliament and the executive, standards in public life and worrying levels of public cynicism about politics and politicians. There has never been a more important time to support the Society’s work.

From top: Stephen King-Hall (founder), Winston Churchill and Clement Attlee (founding members). (© National Portrait Gallery, London (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0))

The Hansard Society is dedicated to supporting more informed public debate about Parliament and parliamentary democracy. Through our research we develop ideas to help improve the way Parliament works. And through education, events and media engagement we strive to improve knowledge of and interest in the UK's parliamentary system.

The Society was founded by Stephen King-Hall MP in 1944, and our first members were Clement Attlee MP and Winston Churchill MP. Today, as in their day, we bring together parliamentarians and all those interested in parliamentary affairs in the UK and around the world.

Our members form a valuable network of people who care about parliamentary democracy. If you care about Parliament then join us!


We have a range of individual membership options, providing you with priority access to our research and events.

  • Annual subscription to our journal, Parliamentary Affairs

  • Subscription to 'Despatch Box', our weekly parliamentary and constitutional digest

  • Subscription to our monthly newsletter

  • Invitation to our Annual Conference

  • Discounts and priority booking for Hansard Society events and training across the year

Statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square. CC

Parliamentary Patrons

Our Patrons scheme recognises parliamentarians who join the Society or who make regular donations to support our work. This helps us to increase our effectiveness but also signifies support for our aims.

Parliamentary Patrons who join the Society receive the same benefits as our Individual membership.

As a Parliamentary Patron your name will be acknowledged on our website and in our Annual Report.

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Corporate membership provides your organisation with access to insights from our team and exclusive events and training, with bespoke options available upon enquiry.

  • Invitations to private presentations and briefings with senior Hansard Society staff and trustees and high-profile guest speakers around key topical subjects

  • Free places at events for up to five staff, including our Annual Conference

  • Discounts on staff training sessions developed around your organisation's needs

To make an enquiry contact Ruth Fox, Director of the Hansard Society.