A varied exhibition programme draws on the permanent collections and in-coming loans. The exhibitions may throw light on a little-known area of the collection, highlight a new acquisition or research project, explore an aspect of family or collection history or stem from one of our many collaborations with other institutions. We have several exhibition venues, including the Coach House at the Stables which acts as a focus for contemporary art. Some exhibitions exploit the historic interiors as a backdrop for interventions which draw visitors through the Manor. Increasingly, we are using the Gardens as a setting for temporary installations and collaborative artwork.
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

Henry Moore: From Paper to Bronze

 100 drawings

King and Queen

Hill Arches


Simon Periton, Resistance is Fertile, Anarchy Ball and Scalpel at Waddesdon Manor, 2015 © The Artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo : Mike Fear © The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

Simon Periton: Resistance is Fertile

Contemporary art at Waddesdon


Jane Wildgoose, Beyond All Price, detail, 2015; hair-work flowers, feathers, mirror; © Jane Wildgoose; Photographed in the Green Boudoir, Waddesdon Manor by Mike Fear © The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

Jane Wildgoose: Beyond All Price

Contemporary at Waddesdon

Artist: Jane Wildgoose

Altar frontal depicting Salome with the head of John the Baptist; Italian?, 1575-1600, c 1880 (alterations and lining); Waddesdon, The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) Bequest of Dorothy de Rothschild, 1988; acc. no. 536. Photo: Mike Fear © The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

'Renaissance Museum'

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild's 'Renaissance Museum': Treasures from the Smoking Room at Waddesdon Manor


Johann Heinrich Köhler (circle of), Orpheus and the Animals (detail), c 1720; Waddesdon, The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; acc. no. 3050. Photo: Mike Fear © The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

The Riches of the Earth

Exhibition and trail around the house and grounds


Joana Vasconcelos: Lafite

Contemporary art at Waddesdon


Darning the Land by Philippa Lawrence, 2013 © Philippa Lawrence. Photo: Stuart Bebb  © The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

Art in the Gardens

Contemporary Art by Simon Periton, Joana Vasconcelos and Philippa Lawrence

Featured displays

Displays and installations throughout the manor

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