Media & Public Culture Forum

Join us for the UK's inaugural Media & Public Culture Forum, examining the relationship between the British media and public culture.

Our 2020 Forum focuses on the role and responsibilities of reporters and media influencers in promoting social cohesion, amidst rapid transformations in the UK's faith and belief landscape and changing discourses on religiosity and secularism.

This year we are partnering with the Religion Media Centre and the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh.

Key themes of discussion include:

  • New formats and creative avenues for engaging people of all ages with religious pluralism and shaping national debates around religion and non-religious worldviews
  • The role of religious and non-religious voices in a fractured, yet shared, media landscape
  • How to balance the importance of religious literacy and cultural sensitivity, with the need for critical reporting and challenging questions.

Who should attend

This annual Forum will bring together leaders and practitioners from the fields of media and public culture, along with students and academics working in relevant fields, and civil society representatives.

Annual Forum

The Media & Public Culture Forum will take place at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, focusing on a specific aspect of social change each year, to help facilitate an open exchange of views and sharing of ideas and best practice across sectors.

Conversations will be held under the Chatham House Rule, to encourage open dialogue and debate. However, we do ask guest speakers to waive this rule for their presentations,where possible, to allow us to share them with a wider public audience.


We are pleased to offer five bursaries to help people with limited financial means who are working in relevant fields to participate in this Forum.

Each bursary includes full attendance at the Forum, including meals and accommodation, and UK travel expenses reimbursed up to the value of £100 (dependent on location).

To find out more about how to apply, please email Ethan Coombridge (Programme Assistant) at

As Ethan is currently on annual leave for three weeks until the end of February, so any emails should be directed to Sarah Galvin (Programme Administrator) at in his absence.


Public bookings for this Forum will open in May 2020.

Please look out for details on this webpage, or email to register your interest in advance, so that we can keep you updated.


We are grateful to the Religion Media Centre and the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh for supporting this year's event.

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Dates and times

From: 3 Jul 2020 - 12:00pm
To: 5 Jul 2020 - 2:00pm
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