Waddesdon is internationally famous for its collection of eighteenth-century decorative arts. Together with important British, Dutch and French paintings, it is displayed in the magnificent interiors created in the late 1800s by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild.

New acquisitions and loans continue to be added; some complementing the historic collection, others exploring areas of contemporary art.


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Special Research Projects

Specific areas of the collection catalogued in partnership with academic institutions.

Exhibitions & Exhibitions Archive

Henry Moore, Drawings for Sculpture (detail), 1937. Inv. HMF 1325. Photo: Michel Muller, The Henry Moore Foundation archive. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Every year special exhibitions highlight aspects of the permanent collection and Rothschild family history.  For 2015, we feature treasures from the Smoking Room and a trail focusing on natural materials used to create works of art. The First World War is commemorated in an exhibition of archival material. Contemporary art will feature in the house with a  response by Jane Wildgoose to Victorian mourning traditions, and in the gardens with 3D bedding designed by Simon Periton. A collaboration with The Henry Moore Foundation will open later in the year: Henry Moore: 100 Drawings.

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Waddesdon Archive

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The Rothschild Manor, Estate and Family archives are housed in a stunning building complex at Windmill Hill on the estate. Opened in 2011, the building was designed by Stephen Marshall Architects and has won a prestigious regional prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects.