Delegates at a Cumberland Lodge roundtable conference

Cumberland Lodge empowers people to tackle the causes and effects of social division.

Since 1947, we have been breaking down silo thinking and building networks with the power to make a difference. 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. Find out more about our distinctive method and ethos here.

We convene multi-sector conferences, panel debates and retreats that engage people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives in candid conversations, on issues that affect us all. 

By commissioning rigorous, interdisciplinary research to guide our conversations, and refining key themes of discussion into practical, policy-focused recommendations, we incubate fresh ideas that promote progress towards more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.

We approach social cohesion and social progress from five key angles:

  • Culture & intercultural relations
  • Equality of opportunity & economic justice
  • Pluralism & respect for worldviews
  • Trust & shared values
  • Democracy & citizenship

In 2016, we made this short video to explain more about our work:

Nurturing future leaders and changemakers

We actively involve young voices in all aspects of our work. We provide a wide range of opportunities for school children and students to nurture their potential as future leaders and change-makers, including scholarships for PhD students and programmes for international students from all over the world.

Public engagement

We also offer a range of cultural and educational events for our neighbours and the wider community, including guided tours, literary events, reflective retreats, garden parties, exhibitions and public lectures.

Find out about all our forthcoming public events here.

Our 2018-19 Annual Report and Financial Statements has been filed with the Charity Commission, and is available to download from this webpage.

Delegate at a Cumberland Lodge seminar

Social impact

Find out all about the scope and impact of our work, in our latest Impact Report (2017-18). You can read the report in full-screen mode here, or download it in compressed pdf format from this webpage.

Look out for our 2018-19 Impact Report, due to be published in spring 2020.


Cumberland Lodge is a registered charity, based in a 17th-century, former royal residence in the heart of Windsor Great Park. Our charitable mission is supported by the hundreds of individuals and organisations who book our stunning facilities for conferences, meetings, awaydays, training courses and special events, and by the generosity of our donors and partner organisations.

Find out more about how you could support us here.