Cumberland Lodge is a charity that empowers people to tackle the causes and effects of social division and to promote social progress. We challenge silo thinking and enable people to engage in constructive dialogue and debate in an inclusive environment.
Since our establishment in 1947, in the aftermath of World War II, we have been working with people of all backgrounds, ages and perspectives to help build 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.
We bring together leaders and influencers, students, academics and community practitioners, to exchange views and think creatively about how best to tackle pressing social and ethical issues, in order to influence policy and improve public awareness and understanding.
Creative insights and recommendations from our residential conferences are further critiqued through expert consultations and policy-focused seminars, and shared with policymakers, civil society and the wider public.
We are also developing a new, international leadership seminar on leadership, civil society and the future of democracy, for senior leaders from business, government, civil society, the arts and academia. Our well-established Visiting Fellowship scheme actively involves high-profile public figures in our work, as ambassadors and independent advisors.
Find out about the current annual series on our homepage. Full details of our forthcoming conferences and events can be found here.
Meanwhile, our thriving educational programme works with students of all ages, from school children to PhD students and early career researchers.
For over 70 years, we have been providing transformative experiences for students and young people of all ages, from all walks of life, and from all over the world.
We offer workshops in schools and colleges, intergenerational events for families, and study retreats, bursaries, scholarships and mentoring opportunities for students at university, including international students currently based in the UK.
These are all designed to equip and inspire students with the skills and experience they will need to tackle social divisions and work towards social progress, both now and in the future.
Since 2017 we have also been supporting vulnerable international students through a partnership with Cara, the Council for At-Risk Academics charity.
Find out more about our work with students here.