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About us

Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 to display his collection of arts and to entertain the fashionable world. Opened to the public in 1959, Waddesdon Manor is managed by the Rothschild Foundation, a family charitable trust, on behalf of the National Trust, who took over ownership in 1957. It’s home to the Rothschild Collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.

Our mission is to be an international centre of excellence for art and heritage, championing best practise for access, inclusion and sustainability.  Our intentions are to:

  • Use the most appropriate methods and resources available to ensure the safety and preservation of everything in our care
  • Promote Waddesdon and share its significance with all audiences
  • Achieve consistently high standards of presentation in everything we do
  • Create a culture in which everyone contributes to the long term sustainability of Waddesdon by seeking out and developing all appropriate opportunities both to increase revenue and ensure the efficient use of resources
  • Be an organisation founded on mutual respect in which each member of staff feels involved and valued
  • At all times to seek to understand and to consider the needs and views of our audience in order to provide an excellent service

Rothschild Foundation is a UK registered charity, No: 1138145
VAT registration number: 563201571