Martin Parsons to talk about children of war zones, in free event at Cumberland Lodge

Martin ParsonsCumberland Lodge, the educational foundation in Winsor Great Park, is hosting an evening conversation with wartime evacuation expert Dr Martin Parsons, on Monday 24 April 2017 from 6-8pm. Dr Parsons will be talking to Edmund Newell, Principal of Cumberland Lodge, about the impacts of war on children caught up in conflict around the world.

‘Children At War’ is part of a popular series of Cumberland Conversations events at the Lodge, which are open to the public and free to attend, but prior booking is essential to secure a place. Doors open at 5.40pm for teas and coffees in the conference centre. The Conversation is followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience and a drinks reception.

Dr Parsons is a Research Fellow and Honorary Life Fellow at the University of Reading, where he previously led the Research Centre for Evacuee and War Child Studies. He was also a lecturer at the University of Lodz in Poland and edited the journal, Children At War. His publications include I’ll Take That One Too: Evacuees, The Invisible Generation (2014), which along with the original edition, I’ll Take That One (1998) is widely regarded as the definitive history of wartime evacuation in the UK.

Martin’s earlier book, War Child: Children in Conflict (2008), examined the plight of children in war zones around the world since the 1930s. His other publications include Waiting to Go Home, Evacuation: The True Story, Manchester Evacuation: The Exception to the Rule, and a series of four books for schoolchildren. He has contributed to television programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and he co-wrote a BBC Radio 4 series The Evacuation: The True Story, which won a Sony Gold Award.

To reserve a seat, contact Emma Albery on 01784 497790, Deborah West on 01784 497785, or email There is ample free parking on site.

Cumberland Lodge is an educational foundation based in a historic former royal residence in Windsor Great Park. It is a charitable organisation that brings together students and young people, academics, community leaders and leaders and influencers involved in public and political life to address the causes and effects of social divisions and help to build more tolerant, peaceful and inclusive societies. Its facilities are also available to hire for residential and non-residential conferences, retreats, meetings and special events, including weddings and civil partnerships.