What We Do

Cumberland Lodge has been challenging silo thinking and providing a safe space for ‘unsafe’ discussions since 1947.

We are a registered charity with the vision of more peaceful, tolerant and inclusive societies. Our founder, Amy Buller, envisioned a place where people would “examine the fundamental assumptions” behind important societal issues, and that remains at the heart of what we do.

We tackle social divisions by equipping and inspiring people to learn from one another and engage in constructive dialogue, including leaders and influencers, students and practitioners.

Our facilities are available to hire for residential and non-residential conferences, meetings and special events, which helps to support our educational activities. Find out more about venue hire opportunities here.

Inspiring leaders and influencers

Cumberland Lodge breaks down boundaries to inclusive dialogue by bringing together leaders and influencers with different backgrounds and perspectives. We inspire leaders, influencers and future leaders to think critically and to engage with the causes of social divisions.

We do this through:

  • Lectures on social topics of national or international importance, by leading public figures, including our annual Cumberland Lodge Lecture
  • Inter-disciplinary, residential conference series, delivered in round-table format
  • Small Cumberland Seminars over dinner at the Lodge, aimed at engaging with policymakers and influencers
  • Conference follow-up seminars in London, to take learning and recommendations from our Cumberland Conferences directly to policymakers and influencers.
  • Visiting Fellowship programme to involve people of influence in our work, as ambassadors and advisors. Read about our Visiting Fellows here.

By bringing together opinion formers and influencers, parliamentarians and civil servants, senior academics, professionals, think tanks and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), community leaders and business leaders, we are proactively addressing some of the most pressing issues facing society today.

Find out more about our forthcoming conferences and events here.

Supporting and equipping students and practitioners

Since its inception, Cumberland Lodge has been providing transformative experiences for people from all walks of life, from around the world.

We mentor and support students of all ages, from school children to doctoral students and early career researchers, and we increasingly also work with professionals and community practitioners, to equip them with the understanding, skills and motivation to engage in constructive dialogue and work towards a more peaceful, tolerant and inclusive future. We also have a particular interest in supporting vulnerable students, for example through a new partnership with the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) charity.

We do this through:

In 2017/18 we are launching a Fellowship award to support early-career researchers and community practitioners.

Find out more about how we support students here.

An inclusive environment

Cumberland Lodge prides itself on being an inclusive, safe space for the peaceful exchange of conflicting views. Many of our events are 'fusion events' that bring together students, practitioners, leaders and influencers, to address the root causes and effects of social divisions. We give people the opportunity to hear from leading thinkers and policy makers and to engage with people from different professional and academic backgrounds and different insights and experiences.

Cultural and educational outreach

We also organise free cultural and educational events for the local community, including Cumberland Conversations, literary events run in partnership with the Windsor Festival, Shakespearean study retreats, art exhibitions, public lectures and music recitals. Find out about our forthcoming events here.

Please see the Downloads box to the right for our Annual Report 2015-16 and our full financial statements for the year ending 31 August 2016.