Promoting public understanding
of electoral democracy
McDougall Trust's Library/Archives Lakeman Library for Electoral Studies holds extensive and unique collections of materials on electoral issues.
Holdings include books, pamphlets, journals, extensive press cuttings and other printed material dating from the mid nineteenth century onwards on voting systems and elections, electoral reform and proportional representation, suffrage and other related constitutional issues.
Many of the materials stem from or are associated with the Proportional Representation Society (PRS), founded in 1884, the predecessor of the Electoral Reform Society (ERS). The Library's name commemorates Enid Lakeman OBE, the distinguished former director of the ERS and a noted pioneer in the study of voting systems and their effects.
Among the more unusual items, there are:
Holdings also include a set of Reform Acts from 1832 to 1884, and a number of reports on elections held during the 1990s in the emerging democracies, Commonwealth countries being well represented.
The Library has access by appointment, normally during working day Monday to Friday, by prior arrangement.
McDougall Trust is pleased to be informed about papers, pamphlets, books or other materials on relevant subjects becoming available.
McDougall Trust welcomes legacies and other donations in support of its charitable work.
Phone: +44 (0)74 6924 5072
Post: Lakeman Library
Westminster Business Square (Vox Studios)
1-45 Durham Street
LONDON SE11 5JH