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.

Group of volunteers standing in front of Waddesdon Manor
Posted 27 May 2021

Behind the scenes

What it's like to volunteer at Waddesdon

As part of Volunteer’s Week, we caught up with some of our volunteers to find out what volunteering at Waddesdon entails, and what they enjoy most about their role.

Why do you enjoy volunteering?

You get to meet people from all walks of life, and learn more about what it would have been like here back in Ferdinand’s day’ – Hungton Chan, House Host

Volunteers in the House
Volunteers in the House

It’s such a beautiful place, and I enjoy meeting all of the visitors, as well as all the events throughout the year’ – Mary, Welcome Host

I just love it here. It’s peaceful, we have lots of good company, and we even get brought cake sometimes!’ – Jane, Gardens volunteer

It’s terrific meeting different people, but the people who work here are also pretty fantastic’ – John, Welcome Host and Wine volunteer

I like meeting people as they come in, and meeting all the lovely dogs!’ – Jenny, Welcome Host

What does your role involve?

I volunteer down at the Welcome Pavilion. I help people on and off the buses, and I just love it here!’ – Charlie, Welcome Host

I have a golf buggy I drive around and sort out all of the problems in all of the areas’ – Kevin, Housekeeping volunteer

We make all the cakes and sandwiches in large quantities. We usually have to crack about 90 eggs for one cake mixture! We then get to bake and decorate them all for the afternoon teas which is great fun’ – Paula, Kitchen volunteer

I meet and greet people, make sure they know where they’re going and tell them what’s on in the House and the restaurant’ – John, Welcome Host

I do delivery driving for the wine company. People are usually pleased to see me, and it allows me to get out and about and see some amazing places’ – John, Wine delivery volunteer

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