Cumberland Lodge


The Department's yearly weekend event at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park.


*** Due to the Coronavirus we will not be able to hold our normal Cumberland Lodge weekend in 2020 but we are planning a virtual replacement, details of which will be announced in due course. ***


Cumberland Lodge

Last year's Cumberland Lodge Weekend 2019

Histories of Citizenship in International Perspective

Cumberland Lodge Weekend 2019

1-3 November 2019
Venue: Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park

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Each year the Department of International History organises a weekend event at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. The retreat provides students and staff an opportunity to explore a broad historical theme in a relaxed, relatively informal atmosphere. The 2019 weekend’s theme was "Histories of Citizenship in International Perspective”.

There were seven sessions featuring presentations by staff followed by questions and discussion. The papers drew from current and ongoing research related to the role of citizenship in shaping international history. On the whole, the department represents a wide range of themes relating to citizenship including nationalism, internationalism, revolution, identities, imperialism, and migration in various places across the world. The retreat therefore served as a nice showcase of many themes animating our scholars across research clusters—for example, geopolitics, war, colonialism, nation-building human rights, migration,—as well as an opportunity to reflect on historical methods around the matter of social transformation. The historic Cumberland Lodge provided an excellent setting for an in-depth analysis on such questions.

Alongside the sessions, there was free time for further historical discussion and debate, whether on walks through the park or in the Lodge’s fine drawing rooms. There was also time to meet fellow students and staff members at meals and in the bar and show off skills at trivia during the pub quiz!

The cost of the weekend was £100 per person. This included coach transport to and from Cumberland Lodge, room and board.

This event was open to LSE International History Students only.

View pictures from the 2018 Cumberland Lodge Weekend.

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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