Alongside our conferences we hold Cumberland Lodge Dialogues - topical panel discussions on national or global issues relating to social cohesion.
Audience members at a Cumberland Lodge Dialogue in London

This series includes the Cumberland Lodge Annual Dialogue , which takes place in central London each autumn, to bring our signature method of provoking candid discussion and debate to a wider audience. We also host smaller Dialogues at Cumberland Lodge.

Featuring diverse, intergenerational panels of high-profile contributors, our Dialogues mark a departure from the more traditional annual lecture format.

Cumberland Lodge Dialogues bring together speakers and audience members of different backgrounds, generations and perspectives to openly exchange their views and experiences, with the input of a skilled moderator.

Recent topics

The Cumberland Lodge Annual Dialogue was launched in October 2018, with a discussion in central London on What Should it Mean to be British?, with the BBC presenter Evan Davis moderating the discussion. Our inaugural guest panellists were:

In 2019, there were two Cumberland Lodge Dialogues: one at Cumberland Lodge, on Defending Democracy: Checks & Balances under the Rule of Law; and another at Goodenough College, London, on Challenges for Democracy in the Digital Age.

Our guest panellists and moderators included:

Our 2020 Annual Dialogue addresses Arts & the Union, and this year it takes place virtually on Thursday 5 November, in light of the ongoing pandemic.

Audio-visual resources

Panel discussions in this series are live-streamed and filmed, with video and audio recordings shared afterwards, on the Read, Watch, Listen section of our website and our SoundCloud channel. The audio recordings can be found on all major podcasting platforms.

We have also published recordings of previous annual lectures, keynote conference lectures, podcasts, seminars and interviews, on a wide range of topics relating to our charitable work.

Former guest speakers

Between 2005 and 2017, we held an Annual Lecture at Cumberland Lodge, as part of our annual programme. Guest speakers included:

The Rt Hon Lord Finkelstein, Associate Editor and formerly Executive Editor, The Times - ‘The Arrow of History’, 2017

The RT Hon the Lord Hoffmann, former Lord of Appeal Ordinary - ‘The Power of Constitutional Fictions', 2015

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE, Chair of NHS England - 'The Technological Revolution in Healthcare – Capturing the benefits for the NHS' in 2014

Dame Suzi Leather, former Chair of the Charity Commission - 'The five modern evils: what is the role for charity today?', 2013

Matthew Parris, columnist, broadcaster and former MP - 'The Moral Responsibility of the Media', 2012

HRH The Princess Royal - 'The Legacy of 2012 – Reflections on the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Games and the Paralympics', for our Diamond Jubilee Lecture, 2012

The Rt Hon Lady (Shami) Chakrabarti, former Director of Liberty, now Shadow Attorney General - 'Common Values: In Defence of the Human Rights Act', 2011

Sir Richard Gardner FRS, Royal Society Edward Penley Abraham Research Professor, University of Oxford - 'Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine – Prospects and Challenges', 2010

Sir John Tusa, former Managing Director of the Barbican Centre - 'The Arts: A Suitable Case for Treatment?' 2009

General Sir Richard Dannatt, Chief of the General Staff, British Army - 'The Military Today: A ‘Force for Good’ or a contradiction in terms?' 2008

Professor Alison Richard, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge - 'Leadership and Change in a University', 2007

The Rt Hon Lord (Douglas) Hurd of Westall, former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - 'Is there such a thing as an International Community?', 2006

The Rt Hon Lord Justice Laws, Lord Justice of Appeal, and former Visitor of Cumberland Lodge - 'Authority: Law and Religion', 2005