The Ditchley Foundation

The Ditchley Foundation brings together leading practitioners and experts from around the world to help shape policy on the major international issues of the day. Its unique blend of intellectual rigour, informality and discretion, in a glorious rural setting, promotes new understanding, fresh thinking, and better decision-making.

The Ditchley Foundation was established by Sir David Wills in 1958 to advance international learning and to bring transatlantic and other experts together to discuss international issues. Sir David's original objective was to promote Anglo-American understanding. American and Canadian sister Foundations, set up in 1964 and 1981 respectively, remain our most active partners. Since then Ditchley conferences have broadened to include the concerns and participation of nations all over the globe.

Ditchley's unique quality is derived from the beauty and relaxed atmosphere of Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, one of southern England's finest country houses, and from the warmth and informality of its gatherings. A complex world needs fresh ideas flowing from open minds: this is Ditchley's hallmark.

The various sections on this website describe the history of Ditchley Park and the background to the Foundations and their conferences, and how the mansion and its facilities are available for private hire.

Latest News

‘The post-Ukraine world order’: a thought-provoking 50th Lecture

Published: Wednesday, 16th July 2014

Australia and the UK - old friends, but not best friends?

Published: Monday, 14th July 2014

Latest Blog

Gaza: how not to learn the lessons of the past

Published: Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

Afghanistan: humanitarian needs remain great

Published: Tuesday, 8th April 2014