Cumberland Lodge


Each year the Department organises a weekend event at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park.


The aim of this weekend event is to allow students and staff to explore a broad historical theme in a relaxed, relatively informal atmosphere. This year’s subject is Individuals and Institutions.IMG_2254

Cumberland Lodge Weekend 2018

Individuals and Institutions

Cumberland Lodge Weekend 2018

2-4 November 2018
Venue: Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park

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The Cumberland Lodge Weekend 2018 took place at the beginning of Michaelmas Term reading week. Students from all International History programmes visited the historic lodge in Windsor Great Park for a weekend of debate and discussion in an informal and relaxed setting. The theme for 2018 was "Individuals and Institutions."

The weekend involved seven sessions given by faculty, as well as several hearty meals, a rather challenging pub quiz, free time to socialise, to walk around the grounds and to visit the Royal Chapel where the Queen attends. 

From the seven sessions, one lecture was given by Dr Imaobong Umoren on “The Gender Politics of Eugenia Charles”. Charles was Prime Minister of Dominica from 1980-1995; she was also an LSE alumna. Dr Umoren argued that Charles was a divisive character, particularly through placing herself close to conservative leaders across the world and advocating intervention in Grenada. Whilst Charles was additionally polarising due to her liberal-conservative feminism, Umoren argued that she is an example of the complexities of Caribbean feminism.

Another session, the final session on Saturday, was given by Professor Matthew Jones, Head of the Department, on the relationship of journalists and the CIA. The lecture focused on the individuals Carl Bernstein, Harrison Salisbury and Cyrus Sulzberger. Jones emphasised that the practice of journalists doing tasks for the CIA was not new, but when journalist Carl Bernstein wrote an article in the Rolling Stone alleging Cyrus Sulzberger from the New York Times was a CIA asset, it sparked a public debate and began to change institutional practice. He further highlighted the ethical issues that arose due to these relationships.

All sessions emphasised the complex roles of individuals acting within or outside institutional settings and the effect this had on the formation and practice of institutions. The International History Department hosts its conference every year on a different theme, and is often referred to by those who attend as one of their highlights at LSE.

This yearly event was open to International History students only.

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Student reviews

"Overall it was a very well organised and perfect event."

Yener (2018-19)
PhD International History

"I had a great time meeting some lovely people from the department over the weekend and I was grateful for the opportunity to get some fresh air! The lodge itself had a great deal of charm, and the lectures were conducive to some very interesting conversations. The food was pretty good too!"

Harry (2018-19)
MSc Theory and History of International Relations  


"The Cumberland Lodge weekend has been one of the highlights of my time at LSE so far. The Lodge itself was like a palace, and, with its rich past and royal connections, was the perfect place to learn about the histories of freedom and subjugation. I really enjoyed the diversity of topics that were covered, from gulags in Siberia and human rights in Iran, to Communism in Poland and the four freedoms of post-World War II America. These all opened my eyes to completely different parts of history that I’d never considered before, and it was great to be introduced to some of the current research that members of staff are doing. The best part of the weekend, however, was getting to know other historians, whether that was through exploring the beautiful grounds and park together or just chilling in the bar of an evening. There was a real community atmosphere the entire weekend, and I’ve gained so many friends because of it. The weekend was such a brilliant experience – I learned a lot, met some great people, and loved it so much that I would thoroughly recommend everyone to take advantage of it."

Scott Gibson (2015-2016)
MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation