Our Cumberland Conference series forms the backbone of our annual programme of events, designed to inspire and equip leaders, influencers, students and practitioners to tackle the causes and effects of social divisions and work towards more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.
Every year we host a series of round-table, residential conferences that bring together a wide range of people from different backgrounds and perspectives, including students and academics, community leaders and practitioners, faith leaders, professionals, heads of organisations, business leaders, third sector representatives, journalists, parliamentarians and policymakers, and many more.
We invite a broad cross-section of high profile speakers to engage with our delegates through presentations, round-table discussions, question-and-answer sessions and workshops. Delegates are also encouraged to participate fully in the group activities, to promote constructive dialogue, creative thinking and learning.
Recent Cumberland Conferences have covered topics ranging from extremism to violence against women, and ethnic inequalities at work. Our November conference will delve into the issue of hate crime and our 2018 series will focus on the theme of 'freedom'.
We also host an annual Police Conference, which brings together police leaders, officers and trainees with other key stakeholders to discuss key issues facing the Police, from both a policymaking and frontline perspective. Our 2017 Police Conference tackled the pressing issue of modern slavery, and further details can be found here.
Free and open exchange of views
Many of our conferences are held under the Chatham House Rule, to provide a 'safe' space for open and honest debate and discussion. This rule means that participants are free to use the information they gather from an event, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speakers, nor that of any other participant, will be revealed outside of the room.
We offer bursaries to help students with limited financial means to attend, and to support representatives of not-for-profit orgnaisations who would otherwise not be able to attend. We are also moving towards a financial model that allows us to offer more free places for invited delegates, to reach more people and to ensure a balanced cross-spectrum of participants.
The Mews Conference Centre, Cumberland Lodge
Independent research and publications
Each of our conferences is accompanied by a pre-event briefing and a post-event summary report, written by our specialist freelance Research Associates. Our Cumberland Lodge Briefings offer independent, cross-sector and inter-disciplinary research and analysis to help inform delegates and others with an interest in the relevant field, ahead of the event, and our Conference Reports summarise the key learning points and recommendations from the event, for a wider audience.
Our Briefings and Conference Reports are available to read and download in compressed pdf format from our Reports, Resources & Publications webpages. Audio recordings, photography and video footage is also made available from some of our conferences.
Cumberland Lodge has been facilitating cross-sector, inter-disciplinary conferences since the 1980s, when the Georgian mews next to the main Lodge was converted into a purpose-built conference and accommodation block, with the latest conferencing facilities and audio-visual technologies.
Today, The Mews Conference Centre comprises three main conference rooms, three breakout rooms, self-catering facilities and 16 bedrooms on the upper floors.
Our residential conferences accommodate up to 60 delegates overnight, across the main Lodge and Mews buildings, and meals are provided in our historic dining rooms or out on the lawn in fine weather, by our talented team of chefs. We also offer a well-stocked bar, comfortable reception rooms, quiet spaces for reading and reflection, free wifi, table-tennis and pool tables, a tennis court and croquet lawn, and access to 5,000 acres of beautiful parkland.
Details of all our forthcoming conferences and events can be found on our What's On pages, along with details about how to find us and how to book or reserve a place.