History and inspiration

The Møller Centre is a world-class, dedicated residential leadership development and conference centre at Churchill College, in the University of Cambridge. Our inspiration comes from the connection between two great leaders, Sir Winston Churchill, and Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller, whose vision and benefaction has created a unique ‘Centre for Excellence’.

The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Centre for Continuing Education was built with a donation from the A.P. Møller & Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation, a Danish institution established in 1953 by shipping magnate A.P. Møller. The Foundation makes contributions to good causes, especially those involving national heritage, shipping, industry and science. Mr Møller was keen to support a development in memory of Sir Winston Churchill because of the College’s tradition of excellence in the fields of science and engineering. A donation was made to Churchill College and in 1992 The Møller Centre was established and opened by Her Majesty Queen Ingrid of Denmark.

The main building was designed by a Danish Architect, Henning Larsen, with features of the Centre in typical Scandinavian design. In plan view, the building resembles a ship, with the tower acting as the propeller, and the lecture theatre as the bridge.  The main building is made of Portland Stone and has environmentally sourced teak floors throughout. The dominating element of the Centre is the octagonal tower – from the terrace on the top there is an incredible panoramic view over the city of Cambridge.

Pictured above (L-R): Gillian Secrett, CEO, the Møller Centre and Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla, youngest daughter of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller and chair of the A.P. Møller Foundation.