Cumberland Lodge - celebrating 70 years as an educational foundation, from 1947 to 2017

Cumberland Lodge celebrated 70 years as an educational foundation in 2017.

In 1947, in the aftermath of World War II, King George VI granted the use of Cumberland Lodge to a new kind of educational institution where young people could meet to explore the moral and spiritual issues of the day. The foundation was the vision of Ernestine Amy Buller, who had published Darkness over Germany in 1943, about her experiences of talking to people about the rise of Nazism in pre-war Germany. 

The St Catharine's Foundation, as it was known in its early days, formed the basis for the present day Cumberland Lodge with HM The Queen as its patron, following in the footsteps of her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who was patron from 1947 until 2002.

Today, we continue to challenge silo thinking and to provide an inclusive environment for ‘unsafe’ discussions to take place, to foster learning and critical thinking. For our 70th year we have reinvigorated our strategic mission to tackle the root causes and effects of social divisions, and rearticulated Amy Buller’s original vision for current times, using Darkness over Germany as the basis for addressing some of the most pressing issues we face today.

Key events

Our 70th anniversary celebrations in 2017 ran alongside our regular programme of conferences, lectures, seminars and educational retreats and workshops. They included:

30 April 2017 - Live broadcast of Sunday Worship on BBC Radio 4, from Holy Trinity Church, Windsor.

7 May 2017 - Anniversary evensong at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle (by invitation only)

16 May 2017 - Launch of the new English edition of Darkness over Germany by our founder, Amy Buller, at St. Paul's Cathedral (6.30pm-8pm).

17 May 2017 - 'Open House Fortnight' talk on Darkness over Germany, by Ed Newell (Principal of Cumberland Lodge) and Professor Kurt Barling (University of Middlesex), hosted by the University of Liverpool.  

5-6 June 2017 - 70th anniversary residential conference on 'Extremism: A Warning from History'

15 July 2017 - Cumberland Conversation with Theodore Zeldin (11am-12.30pm, followed by a light buffet lunch)          

16 July 2017 - Summer Garden Party

Find out more

You can also review our anniversary posts on social media, using the hashtag #CLis70.