2019 in numbers
It’s been another busy year here at Waddesdon, and we want to share some of our highlights with you. We hope you’ll join us in 2020 for many more exciting events.
As the garden wakes from its winter sleep in early 2020, see over 200,000 new bulbs flower for the first time. 120,000 snowdrops, 32,000 tulips, 25,000 crocus and many more bulbs were planted in 2019 by Waddesdon’s gardeners, volunteers and schools.
This year’s ‘Brought to Life: Eliot Hodgkin Rediscovered’ exhibition, featured over 100 pieces by British artist, Eliot Hodgkin, and was enjoyed by 30,000 visitors. This makes it the second-most-visited exhibition in the Coach House Gallery ever.
We welcomed a very ‘eggciting’ delivery of 5760 chocolate eggs this Easter, and with ‘eggceptional’ speed our crew managed to move every egg from the delivery van in just 11 minutes (and got their daily eggercise in the process!).
2019 was also a record year for the breeding of the critically endangered Rothschild’s mynah. In June we shared the news that three chicks had recently fledged, as part of EAZA’s breeding project. Otherwise known as the ‘Silent Forest’ campaign, it looks to reintroduce captive populations into the wild to help booster population numbers. Find out more>
The Bullzini family defied gravity with an awe-inspiring performance eight metres above the ground at Summer Fest.
In September we opened the Rothschild Treasury, a new permanent gallery housing more than 300 pieces. The display celebrates the Rothschild family as collectors of extraordinary objects, and many of these are on display for the first time.
76 weddings took place across Waddesdon, the Dairy and the Five Arrows Hotel.
12,000 scones were enjoyed by visitors as part of delicious cream teas. All of our scones are now made using flour from the Waddesdon Estate, meaning food miles are a number we don’t have to worry about!
More than 100 staff and volunteers walked, baked and tasted to support the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, Waddesdon’s Charity of the Year. Find out more>
This Christmas, inspired by the carol ‘I saw three ships’, we have displayed the three Sèvres ship vases in Waddesdon’s collection together for the first time. Find out more>
Thank you for supporting us this year. We look forward to welcoming you back to Waddesdon in 2020, when you can look forward to all of this>