Cumberland Lodge Podcasts



Cumberland Lodge is an educational charity and a unique conference centre in the heart of the Great Park, Windsor. Its Patron is The Queen, who has granted sole occupancy of a beautiful seventeenth-century house for discussions aimed at the betterment of society.

As a venue, the Lodge plays host to universities and to many professional organisations including the National Health Service, the Inns of Court, learned societies, charities, government and non-government organisations and many higher education institutions, and appropriate organisations from the commercial sector. The Lodge also organises its own major conference programme that initiates fresh debate on issues of national and international significance.

Set in the tranquil heart of Windsor Great Park, only 27 miles from London and a short distance from Heathrow airport, Cumberland Lodge is perfectly placed for local, national and international meetings. Dining and accommodation are top class and the atmosphere is that of a friendly country house.

Below you can find a selection of recordings made at Cumberland Lodge over the past few years:

Ethics: Professor Sir Michael Marmot on Health and Wealth.
2012: Professor Sir Micheal Marmot delivers the inaugural Windsor Ethics Lecture.

Ethics: 2011 Cumberland Lodge Annual Lecture, given by Shami Chakrabarti
Shami Chakrabarti discusses Common Values and Human Rights

Cumberland Lodge: Rt Hon Lord Justice Laws on Lord Denning and the Value of Barristers’ to Cumberland Lodge
2011: Rt Hon Sir John Laws, Lord Justice of Appeal, here explains the value of discussing the law with barristers-in-training at Cumberland Lodge.

Cumberland Lodge: William Shawcross CVO discusses the Queen Mother’s role in the founding of St. Catharine’s at Cumberland Lodge in 1947
2011: William Shawcross, the Official Biographer of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother explains her role in establishing an educational charity at Cumberland Lodge.

Higher Education: Sir Graeme Davies on key moments in the development of Higher Education since the First World War
2011: Professor Sir Graeme Davies, Trustee of Cumberland Lodge and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of London discusses the key policy decisions that have been taken regarding universities in the UK since 1919.

Higher Education: Sir Deian Hopkin on university education as a gateway to improved life chances
2011: Professor Sir Deian Hopkin, former Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University and Interim Chairman of the Student Loans Company, discusses access to higher education.

Higher Education: Claire Fox on how the value of university education is poorly expressed in modern discourse
2011: Claire Fox, Director of the Institute of Ideas, argues that academia has lost its ability and confidence to define the value of Higher Education in its own terms.

Arts: Author Salley Vickers on The Spirit of Stories
2011: Salley Vickers, author of Miss Garnet’s Angel, Mr Golighty’s Holiday, The Other Side of You and Where Three Roads Meet discusses what we can learn from The Spirit of Stories.

Cumberland Lodge: Sir Roger Young recalls the early days of the Foundation
2010: Sir Roger Young, the first resident tutor at Cumberland Lodge in 1948, discusses the purpose the foundation was intended to serve, and the people who shaped it in the 1940s and 50s.

Ethics and Society: Katharine Whitehorn, writer and columnist, on cultural attitudes to old age and death
2010: Katharine Whitehorn, celebrated author of books such as “How to Survive Children” and “Cooking in a Bedsitter” and former columnist for the Observer, on the significance of the final years of life.

Society: Naomi Eisenstadt CB on reading and social justice
2010: Naomi Eisenstadt, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and former director of the Social Exclusion Task Force, on how the inability to read reinforces other social disadvantages.

Education: Douglas Board considers the perception of academic researchers outside academia
2010: Douglas Board, founder of the career’s advice business Maslow’s Attic, offers career advice to early career researchers.

Environment: Bob Flowerdew on the Future of Gardens and Gardening
2010: Bob Flowerdew, Organic Gardener and TV and Radio Broadcaster, discusses the future of gardens and gardening.

Ethics: Lord Bichard of Nailsworth discusses the ethical challenges of balancing the privacy of the individual against the protection of the community.
2010: Lord Bichard, Director of the Institute for Government, explores the ethical challenges faced by the state when it obtains sensitive data on its citizens.

Law and Society: Dr Jeff King on the status of “Social Rights”
2010: Dr Jeff King, CUF Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Oxford University, here discusses the status of social rights such as the rights to education, housing and welfare. Are these rights legally recognised? Do they have the same status as human rights? If so, how are they enforced in the UK?

Politics and Society: Mike Trace on Global Drug Policy
2010: Mike Trace, Chair of the International Drugs Policy Consortium, here analyses the global development of drugs policy over the last fifty years. Have the UN conventions on drugs reduced the harms caused by drug abuse and drug traficking? If not, why not?

Arts and Society: Vikki Heywood on ‘An Imaginary Collection of Notionally Identical Experiments’
2009: Vikki Heywood, Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, talks about what makes for an effective arts organisation at our March 2009 conference entitled: Do we have the Arts Funding System we deserve?

Arts: Sir John Tusa discusses how the arts should be funded.
2009: Sir John Tusa on: “The Arts: A Suitable Case for Treatment”.

Cumberland Lodge Archives: An early student visitor, C.D. Curling, recalls his first visits to the Lodge in the 1950s.
1978: An interview between Walter James, former Principal of Cumberland Lodge, and C.D. Curling, an early visitor to the Lodge.

Arts: An extract of a poetry reading given by Sir Andrew Motion
2009: Sir Andrew Motion reads an extract of the poem “Harry Patch”, read on the day before the unexpected announcement of Harry Patch’s death. This is followed by a reading of “The Mower”.

Ethics: Dr Kai Spiekermann on Carbon Offsetting
2009: Dr Kai Spiekermann discusses the ethics of carbon offsetting.

Ethics: Dr Tom Shakespeare on Pre-Natal Diagnosis for Disability.
2003: Dr Tom Shakespeare, research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Practice at Newcastle University, discusses the ethics of pre-natal diagnosis (PND) for disability.

Ethics: Professor Simon Caney on who should bear the burden of climate change
2009: Simon Caney, Professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford, discusses the philosophical problems involved in developing a principle of justice which applies to the threat of climate change.

Law and Society: HH Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC explains the Criminal Justice System
2009: HH Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC explains the Criminal Justice System and explores some of the challenges it currently faces.

Law and Society: Julie Spence on the public’s perception of crime and justice
2009: Julie Spence, Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, discusses why people are more afraid of crime than ever when the statistics show that levels of crime are decreasing.

Law and Society: The Rt Hon Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers discusses alternatives to prison
2007: The Rt Hon Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, discusses alternatives to custody.

Politics: An interview with Professor Klaus Dodds on the Antarctic Treaty
2009: Klaus Dodds, Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, discusses the creation of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, its current geopolitical significance and the challenges it faces in the future.

Politics: An interview with Robert Culshaw on the Antarctic Treaty
2009: Robert Culshaw, Deputy Director of the British Antarctic Survey, talks about how the Antarctic Treaty enables international scientific collaboration.

Religion and Society: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor discusses what the religiosity of America means for the rest of the world
2007: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster, discusses the religiousity of America in a conference entitled: The World’s View of America,

Religion and Society: Interview with Charlie Beckett, Director of POLIS, on the state of religious news coverage in the UK
2009: Charlie Beckett, Director of POLIS – the journalism thinktank at the London School of Economics, discusses the challenges of reporting on religious matters in the 21st century.

Religion and Society: Ruth Gledhill discusses the relationship between religion and the news.
2009: Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent for The Times, talks about the nature of religious news.

Society: An Interview with Danny Kushlick on Drugs Policy
2009: Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC interviews Danny Kushlick, Head of Policy at Transform, about the UK’s drug control policy.

Society: Dr Kate Meagher on how organisations of the poor and marginalised in contemporary Africa could gain political influence
2009: Dr Kate Meagher, of the LSE Development Studies Institute, discusses why social organisations which represent marginalised people in Nigeria fail to influence political decisions taken by government.

Society: Lynne Berry on Social Cohesion
2008: Lynne Berry, Chief Executive of the WRVS, discusses what makes for a cohesive society at a conference entitled “Trumpeting the Voluntary: Social Conscience and the Third Sector”.

Society: Professor Anne Power on the role of the built environment in shaping society
2009: Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy and Director of Housing and Communities at the LSE discusses the possibilities for tackling social problems through the built environment.

Society: Professor Christopher Bigsby on American Culture
2008: Is the exporting of American culture a new form of imperialism? Professor Christopher Bigsby discusses whether there is any such thing as ‘American’ culture.

Society: Professor Frank Furedi discusses the nature of fear in modern society
2009: Professor Frank Furedi, Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent discusses the question: “What is fear and what makes communities confident?”

Society: The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury on the Built Environment and Climate Change
2009: Lord Smith, Chairman of the Environment Agency, discusses ways to improve our buildings to make them more energy efficient and better able to cope with the challenges of climate change.


Cumberland Lodge is the home of an educational charity, founded in 1947 to promote ethical discussion and cross-disciplinary collaboration

Cumberland Lodge
The Great Park,
Berkshire, SL4 2HP
Tel: 01784 432 316.
Registered charity: 1108677

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