Cumberland Lodge Weekend 2014
Date: 31 October-2 November 2014
Venue: Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park
Cost: £100 per person
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Each year the Department of International History organises a weekend event at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. The aim is to allow students and staff to explore a broad historical theme in a relaxed, relatively informal atmosphere. This year’s subject is the highly topical theme of war, history and remembrance. Not only are massive world conflicts being commemorated this year but historians are showing as never before how past commemorations and public understanding of world conflict have been affected by the contexts, cultures and politics of memorialisation. Today we also have an unprecedented array of sources and mediums to help us deconstruct the meanings of past trauma and loss in the present.
The conference in effect will be kick-offed by Cambridge’s Professor David Reynolds who will be giving the LSE-CWGC Remembrance Lecture on this theme on Thursday, 29 October. Drawing on his epic and well received BBC series Professor Reynolds will set out key issues for us to debate.
But why not then take a short break from the intensity of term and the bustle of central London and escape to the country to relax and unwind the autumnal setting of Windsor Great Park. At Cumberland Lodge over a weekend, there will be a number of relaxed seminar-style sessions, during which members of staff will offer talks and answer questions about war and conflict and the politics of commemoration.
In line with the massive surge in popular interest in war and commemoration we are delighted to have with us the BBC documentary makers responsible for the most talked about programme on the first world war - the iconic interviews of WW1 survivors from 1964. Not only do we have the programme makers for 2014 but also the programme maker who carried out the original interviews. Finally we also have the internationally renowned war artist John Keane, to show us how an artist deals with representing violence and death. John was the official war artist in the first Gulf War and his portraiture of figures as the centre of conflict and its resolution have won him critical acclaim.
On Sunday, participants can also attend the Royal Chapel where the Queen regularly attends. Cumberland Lodge will thus provide a fitting setting for an in-depth analysis of war and memory on the eve of Armistice.
In addition to our seminar-style sessions, there is plenty of free time for further historical debate on long walks in the park or in the Lodge’s fine drawing rooms. There will also be time to meet your fellow students, guest speakers and staff members at meals and in the bar.
The weekend provides students with the opportunity to explore the Great Park and attend a service at the Royal Chapel at Windsor on Sunday morning.
The cost of the weekend is £100 per person. This includes coach transport to and from Cumberland Lodge, room and board.
Students who wish to attend should register via London School of Economics Online Store (eShop) from Wednesday 8 October (weblink to be circulated via e-mail).
"The Cumberland Lodge weekend is a balanced mix of academic discussion and getting to know professors and your classmates in casually elegant setting . Definitely go for a walk in the Royal Park."
"I think Cumberland Lodge was fantastic. I had a wonderful time both socially and academically. The lectures were very good."
"Cumberland Lodge was the perfect mix between academics, socializing, and relaxation. I would unquestionably recommend the Lodge to my fellow students."
"Cumberland Lodge, with its truly inimitable blend of historical talks, drinks in the bar, strolls in Windsor park, comfy arm-chairs and coloured wall-paper, is a wonderful institution, a unique mixture of intellectual and social amenities that every student of history can only relish."
"The lodge was nice, clean and very historic. The tours was fantastic and going to 'chapel' on Sunday was a great experience that others unfortunately missed out on who did not go. I would have liked to have more time at the castle on Saturday afternoon, but the walk there was part of the fun."
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the Cumberland Lodge weekend. It was a great occasion to escape from London and to spend the time in a (mostly) useful way... the different papers were definitely worth attending."