Delegates at a Cumberland Lodge roundtable conference

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.

Annual series

We host an annual series of roundtable conferences, panel debates, workshops and retreats.

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.

Educational work

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.

Supporting students at Cumberland Lodge, the educational foundation in Windsor Great Park

Community outreach

Cumberland Lodge also offers free, cultural and educational events to engage with the wider community, including Cumberland Conversations, literary events run in partnership with the Windsor Festival, reflective retreats, guided tours, art exhibitions and public lectures.

Find out about all our forthcoming public events here.

Social impact

Our 70th anniversary Impact Report 2016-17 and full financial statements for the year ending 31 August 2016 can be downloaded from this webpage.

Our Impact Report 2017-18, highlighting key activities and impacts from our 'Freedom' series, will be published in Spring 2019.

Supporting our charitable work

We also make our facilities available to individuals and organisations to hire for residential or non-residential conferences, meetings and special events.

Our charitable work is largely supported by the income we receive from these bookings.

Find out more about venue hire here, and about how you can support our charitable work here.