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.


Explore Waddesdon online

Enjoy highlights of the art collections and gardens with our online trails, films and virtual room tours. You can even get up close to artworks with your smartphone from the comfort of your armchair at home.

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The history of the Manor Kitchen

Explore the Manor Kitchen, its history, those who used to work in it, and the menu served for a royal visit from Queen Victoria.

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Beautiful backdrops for your virtual meetings

Add a touch of glamour to your online meetings. Download lavish interiors and gardens as your background.

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Trails to enjoy from your armchair


Tremendous trees trail

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild began creating his beautiful gardens upon a bare hill. Discover how he mixed exotic trees with British specimens to produce what we see today.


Sculpture trail

The gardens at Waddesdon are populated with sculptures. Discover more about the 18th-century statues and contemporary artworks that punctuate the grounds.

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Reynolds trail

This trail celebrates the life of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), a prolific painter who transformed British painting. Explore Waddesdon’s 14 Reynolds paintings online.

Discover Smartify


Download the app, scan the art, uncover the story

Unleash the stories behind each object displayed in A Rothschild Treasury with our new free Smartify app. Simply download, find Waddesdon Manor and save your favourites from our collection to share with friends on social media. A perfect tool to curate your very own collection from home.

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Virtual tours that allow you to explore parts of the House


Explore every corner of the Green Boudoir

This room was the private sitting room for the State Bedroom suite. Click on the hotspots to discover objects as well as seeing the panels with motifs of monkeys and dragons up close.


Find out more about an almanac

Zoom in and scroll to find out more about this beautiful almanac for the year 1688, The Catholic Faith Triumphant, from the Glorious Years exhibition.


Virtual tour of the Bachelors' Wing

Take a tour of this colourful part of the house, where many visitors are surprised that much of the collection of arms and armour in the corridor was bought by Ferdinand’s sister, Alice.