Conference delegates at Cumberland Lodge, the educational foundation in Windsor Great Park

Cumberland Lodge has been challenging silo thinking and providing a safe space for candid discussions on challenging social and ethical issues, since 1947.

We specialise in equipping and inspiring people to learn from one another and engage in constructive dialogue on the causes and effects of social divisions, including leaders and influencers, students and practitioners. This includes:

  • Inspiring and connecting leaders and influencers, through conferences, lectures, seminars and a Visiting Fellowship scheme
  • Supporting and equipping school children, students and early careeer researchers, through scholarships, bursaries, seminars, mentoring schemes, study retreats and workshops
  • Bringing both groups together to exchange views and learn from one another.

We are a registered charity with the vision of more peaceful, open 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. To encourage open debate and free speaking, many of our events are held under the Chatham House Rule.

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 here.

Inspiring and connecting 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, through:

  • Cumberland Lodge Lecture - our flagship annual lecture on a social or ethical topic of national importance
  • Cumberland Conferences - an annual programme of inter-disciplinary, residential conferences delivered in a round-table format
  • Cumberland Seminars - small group seminars over dinner at the Lodge, to engage with policymakers and influencers
  • London Seminars - taking learning and recommendations from our Cumberland Conferences directly to policymakers and influencers in London
  • Visiting Fellowship programme to involve people of influence in our work, as ambassadors and advisors.

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

Find out  about our forthcoming conferences and events here.

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

Supporting and equipping students

Since its inception, Cumberland Lodge has been providing transformative experiences for students of all ages, from all walks of life, and from all over the world.

We mentor and support school children, undergraduates, doctoral students and early career researchers, and we increasingly 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, open 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, and PhD students with future leadership potential.

We support students through:

Find out more about this work here.

Fusion approach

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.

Community outreach

We also organise free cultural and educational events for 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 events here.

Summary of activities

Our Annual Report 2015-16 and full financial statements for the year ending 31 August 2016 are available to download from this webpage.