Cumberland Lodge is a charity with a mission to empower people, through open dialogue and debate, to tackle the causes and effects of social division.
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We are renowned for our multi-sector conferences, panel discussions and residential retreats that engage people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives in candid conversations, on issues that affect us all.

Since 1947, we have been breaking down 'silo thinking' and building networks with the power to make a difference. We promote thought leadership, collaboration and fresh ideas that support our vision of more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.

Our founder Amy Buller, the pioneering author of Darkness over Germany, envisioned a place where people would 'examine the fundamental assumptions' behind complex challenges facing society, and that remains at the heart of what we do. You can find out more about our distinctive ethos and way of working here.

The discussions we convene approach social cohesion from five key angles:

  • Culture and intercultural relations
  • Equality of opportunity & economic justice
  • Pluralism and respect for worldviews
  • Trust and shared values
  • Democracy and citizenship

We commission rigorous, interdisciplinary research to guide our conversations, and refine key themes of discussion into practical, policy-focused recommendations. Our conference briefings, reports and extensive digital resources can be found here.

In 2016, we made this short video to explain more about our work:

Nurturing future thought leaders

We actively involve young people in all aspects of our work. We provide a wide range of opportunities for school children and students of all ages, to nurture their potential as thought leaders and change makers. These include our scholarships for PhD students, and programmes for international students from all over the world.

Community engagement

We also offer a range of cultural and educational events for our neighbours and the wider community, including guided tours, literary events, reflective retreats, garden parties, exhibitions and public lectures.

Find out about all our forthcoming public events here.


Cumberland Lodge is a registered charity, based in a 17th-century, former royal residence in the heart of Windsor Great Park. Our charitable mission is supported by the hundreds of individuals and organisations who book our stunning facilities for conferences, meetings, awaydays, training courses and special events, and by the generosity of our donors and partner organisations.

Find out more about how you could support us here.