Our dedicated programme of work with school children launched in 2015/16. It focuses on local schools in Windsor, Slough and the surrounding areas.
Our workshops and activities have taken place in school or here at Cumberland Lodge. They aim to promote greater social and civic awareness amongst children and young people and to equip them with the skills and confidence to become active participants in their communities, both now and in the future.
Home of the BFG
Much of our work with Key Stages 1 and 2 draws closly on our connection with Roald Dahl's well-loved children's story, The BFG.
This connection was uncovered in 2016, when research published by the University of Wales Press revealed that, when the Queen gives the BFG "a special house with tremendous high ceilings and enormous doors" in Windsor Great Park at the end of the book, Dahl was referring to Cumberland Lodge.
The reference appears to have been a private joke because the house that Dahl grew up in, in Cardiff, was also called Cumberland Lodge, and just four years before The BFG was published, Dahl had spent time here at Cumberland Lodge, speaking at a workshop on children's literature, with students from Wright State University, Ohio.