Waddesdon Manor

Elephant Automaton

Musical elephant

The elephant automaton was one of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s most admired treasures. It was mentioned in a local newspaper report of 1889 describing the visit of the Shah of Persia, who asked to see the mechanism perform again and again.

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Waddesdon Manor on film thumbnail

Waddesdon on Film

The different sides to Waddesdon captured on film from our aviary to French royal furniture to fine Rothschild wines.

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Rothschild peacock-pheasant chick

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A volunteer cleaning a fountain statue

Volunteer opportunities

If you enjoy meeting new people and have some time to spare, come and join us as a Waddesdon volunteer.

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