Visitor in the Coach House at Kate Malone exhibition
Visitor at Kate Malone exhibition, 2016

Special exhibitions

Our varied exhibition programme at Waddesdon draws on the permanent collections and incoming loans. These exhibitions may throw light on a little-known area of the collection, highlight a new acquisition or research project, explore an aspect of family or collection history or stem from one of our many collaborations with other institutions and artists.

We have several exhibition spaces in the house and grounds, including the Coach House gallery at the Stables which acts as a focus for contemporary art. Some exhibitions use the historic interiors as a backdrop to draw visitors through the Manor. Increasingly, we are using the gardens as a setting for temporary installations and collaborative artwork.

Our exhibitions in the Coach House gallery are included in the grounds admission, and those in the house are included with house admission.

New for summer

Creatures & Creations

7 Jun-29 Oct 2017

Our major exhibition celebrates the beauty of animals, birds and insects discovered by or named after the naturalist Walter Rothschild (1868-1937).

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Power & Portraiture

7 Jun-29 Oct 2017

This special display explores how Elizabeth I and her courtiers used portraits to fashion their public image and promote themselves in a glamorous, dangerous world.

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Also showing

Glorious Years: French Calendars

22 Mar-29 Oct 2017

These calendars highlight royal weddings and victorious battles. They’re a unique collection and this is the first time they’ve been seen.

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The Red Drawing Room

Step This Way: The Red Drawing Room Opened Up

22 Mar-29 Oct 2017

For a second season the Savonnerie carpet has been substituted with a reproduction, allowing visitors to circulate the room and to see paintings and furniture close-up.

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Houseparty guests seated outside the manor

Tales from the Archive

22 Mar-29 Oct 2017

This exhibition will explore stories of people connected with Waddesdon through the display of archive material and images. Examining both Waddesdon’s famous guests and its staff.

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Riches of the Earth

22 Mar-29 Oct 2017

This trail around the house highlights the riches of the house– earthenware and porcelain clays, jewellery, caskets and chimney-pieces, tapestries and paintings and furniture of rare woods.

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