The Rothschild Foundation is sad to announce the death of its Chairman, Lord Rothschild, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cultural leader, who made a profound difference to many areas of British life.

He led, amongst other institutions, the National Gallery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the family’s flagship, Waddesdon Manor. He supported many causes, some close to his home in Buckinghamshire, others as far afield as Israel, Albania, Greece and the United States. He was committed to helping communities, the environment, education and above all, the arts. His exemplary service to his country was recognised on several occasions, with a GBE, a CVO and as a member of the Order of Merit.

Jacob Rothschild was an extraordinary person, and his loss will be felt by many. The family is committed to continuing his legacy and the foundation which he loved and endowed. His daughter Hannah assumes the role of Chair of the Rothschild Foundation.

We will all be inspired by his vision, ambition, and his commitment to excellence.


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Volunteering at Waddesdon

If you enjoy meeting new people, are positive and have some time to give, why not consider volunteering at Waddesdon?




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Why volunteer?

  • Learn new skills and kickstart your career

  • Meet new people and become part of a supportive community

  • Enjoy Waddesdon’s collection and grounds, and see behind the scenes

  • Share your passion and enthusiasm

  • Access exclusive events and training for volunteers

  • Give back and help visitors enjoy their day out

We are looking for volunteers to join our friendly team! Why not register to come along to our Recruitment Day on 6th March to learn more about the roles we have available.

Our Volunteers add joy to any visit, welcoming visitors and making sure they have the best day at Waddesdon. By getting involved, you could spend time surrounded by a beautiful landscape and charming historic property.

We have opportunities to volunteer in the House, Grounds, the Stables Café and Learning teams!

During the Recruitment Day, you will have a chance to chat to us about what its like to volunteer at Waddesdon and for us to get to know a little bit more about you!

Volunteering Opportunities


Food to Go volunteer

We are looking for Food to Go volunteers to help support our dynamic and friendly Catering Team at the Stables at Waddesdon. You could find yourself helping to prepare the sandwiches, picnic baskets and children’s pack lunches that are so popular at Waddesdon. Based in the bustling Stables area, you will be a valuable part of the team that provides a high level of catering for our visitors

Food to Go volunteer role profile >


Stables Café volunteer

Are you a friendly, welcoming person? Can you help the Catering team greet visitors to the Stables Café? Based in a historic courtyard, near the woodland playground, the café receives many hungry visitors that need a warm welcome and delicious food. If you’re interested, we would love to hear from you!

Stables Café volunteer role profile >

Christmas 2022

House host

Love history and chatting with people? Our House Hosts bring the stories of Waddesdon Manor to life! They tell stories about the house, its history and collections and adapt these to suit different audiences. If you are interested, please let us know!

House host volunteer role profile >

Christmas 2022

Grounds host

Love the outdoors, greeting and chatting with people, then Grounds Hosting could be for you! This is a directional role, providing our visitors with information about Waddesdon and helping them get the best out of their day!

Grounds host volunteer role profile >

Summer 23

Learning volunteer

Love Learning? Then why not encourage the younger generations to get involved with new experiences and activities, when school groups visit. The Learning team get involved with many projects throughout the year and it would be great to welcome more volunteers to help them!

Learning volunteer role profile >

Please book a time slot here by end of the day, 19 February. Please also complete a registration form to either return to or bring with you on the day.

For more information contact:

Volunteer Registration Form

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