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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Collection News

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Acquisition of Jewish Embroidered Hangings by the Rothschild Foundation






Publication of the Printed Book and Bookbindings Catalogue







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Every year special exhibitions at Waddesdon highlight aspects of the permanent collection and Rothschild family history. In 2014, we feature lavish illustrations of French court festivities from our books collection, and exquisite lace and accessories. The centenary of the start of the First World War is commemorated in an exhibition of archival material. Two international collaborations open later in the year: Predators and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel (from 5 June) and Fame and Friendship: Pope, Roubiliac and the Portrait Bust (from 18 June). More details can be found by following this link. 



Waddesdon Archive

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The Manor, Estate and Family archives (of the Rothschilds who have been responsible for Waddesdon) are housed in the stunning new building complex at Windmill Hill on the estate. It is also home to the Rothschild Foundation. 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.