The Mews Conference Centre, Cumberland Lodge

Every year, an invited audience of between 50 and 100 guests gathers at Cumberland Lodge to hear from a renowned speaker on a topic of national or international social importance that relates to our work as a charitable foundation.

The Cumberland Lodge Lecture is one of our most presitigous annual events. It is chaired by our Chair of Trustees, Sir Stephen Wall, and followed by dinner in our historic dining rooms.

On special occasions an additional lecture has been held to mark an event or anniversary of national importance, such as the Diamond Jubilee Lecture given by HRH The Princess Royal, in 2012, shortly after the London 2012 Olympic Games.

70th anniversary lecture

Our 70th anniversary lecture will be delivered by the journalist and politician, The Rt Hon Lord Finkelstein, on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Daniel Finkelstein is former Executive Editor (now Associate Editor and weekly political columnist) of The Times.

Previous lectures

Previous Cumberland Lodge Lectures have included:

2015 - 'The Power of Constitutional Fictions'

The Rt Hon The Lord Hoffmann (Former Lord of Appeal Ordinary)

2014 - 'The Technological Revolution in Healthcare – Capturing the benefits for the NHS'

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE (Chair of NHS England)

2013 - 'The five modern evils: what is the role for charity today?'

Dame Suzi Leather (former Chair of the Charity Commission)

2012 - 'The Moral Responsibility of the Media' 

Matthew Parris (columnist, broadcaster and former MP)

2012 (Diamond Jubilee Lecture) - 'The Legacy of 2012 – Reflections on the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Games and the Paralympics' 

HRH The Princess Royal

2011 - 'Common Values: In Defence of the Human Rights Act'

The Rt Hon Lady (Shami) Chakrabarti (former Director of Liberty, now Shadow Attorney General)

2010 - 'Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine – Prospects and Challenges'

Sir Richard Gardner FRS (Royal Society Edward Penley Abraham Research Professor, University of Oxford)

2009 - 'The Arts – A Suitable Case for Treatment?'

Sir John Tusa (former Managing Director of the Barbican Centre)

2008 - 'The Military Today: A ‘Force for Good’ or a contradiction in terms?'

General Sir Richard Dannatt (Chief of the General Staff, British Army)

2007 - 'Leadership and Change in a University'

Professor Alison Richard (Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge)

2006 - 'Is there such a thing as an International Community?'

The Rt Hon Lord (Douglas) Hurd of Westall (Former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

2005 - 'Authority: Law and Religion'

The Rt Hon Lord Justice Laws (Lord Justice of Appeal, Visitor of Cumberland Lodge)

Audio recordings

To listen to other keynote lectures, seminars and interviews from Cumberland Lodge, on a wide range of topics, please visit and subscribe to our SoundCloud channel, here.