Cumberland Lodge 70th anniversary logo - celebrating 70 years from 1947 to 2017

Cumberland Lodge is celebrating 70 years as an educational foundation in 2017 and we have an exciting calendar of events and activities planned for the year ahead.

In 1947, in the aftermath of World War II, King George VI granted the use of Cumberland Lodge to a new kind of educational institution where young people could meet to explore the moral and spiritual issues of the day. The foundation was the vision of Ernestine Amy Buller, who had published Darkness over Germany in 1943, about her experiences of talking to people about the rise of Nazism in pre-war Germany. 

The St. Catharine's Foundation, as it was known in its early days, formed the basis for the present day Cumberland Lodge with HM The Queen as its patron, following in the footsteps of her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who was patron from 1947 until 2002.

Today, we continue to challenge silo thinking and to provide a safe space for ‘unsafe’ discussions, to foster learning and critical thinking. In time for our 70th year we have reinvigorated our strategic mission to tackle the root causes and effects of social divisions, and to rearticulate Amy Buller’s original vision for current times, using Darkness over Germany as the basis for addressing some of the most pressing issues we face today.

Diary dates

Our 70th anniversary celebrations will run alongside our regular programme of conferences, lectures, seminars and educational retreats and workshops this year.

30 April 2017 - Live broadcast of Sunday Worship on BBC Radio 4 from Holy Trinity Church, Windsor. All are welcome. Doors will close at 7.55am for an 8.15am start.

7 May 2017 - Anniversary evensong at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle (by invitation only)

16 May 2017 - Launch of the new English edition of Darkness over Germany by our founder, E. Amy Buller, at St. Paul's Cathedral, with guest speakers including Dr Rowan Williams and Baroness Helena Kennedy. The event will start at 6.30pm and all are welcome. Free admission. A press release with details of the 2017 edition can be found here.

17 May 2017 - 'Open House Fortnight' talk on Darkness over Germany, by Ed Newell (Principal of Cumberland Lodge) and Professor Kurt Barling (University of Middlesex), at the University of Liverpool.  

5-6 June 2017 - 70th Anniversary Conference, drawing on key themes from Darkness over Germany

15 July 2017 - Cumberland Conversation with Theodore Zeldin. Starts 11am. 

15 July 2017 - Gala Dinner with guest speaker and musical entertainment, to raise funds for our charitable and educational work                   

16 July 2017 - Friends & Alumni Garden Party (by invitation only)

Look out for further details on our 'What's On' pages here, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

In the media

Watch this space for anniversary podcasts and links to video footage and media coverage. You can also follow our anniversary posts on social media using the hashtag #CLis70.