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.

What's On

Walks, talks & tours

Volunteer Open Day

Fri 8 Sept 2023


Manor Restaurant

Registering for our recruitment day has now closed.

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Join our Volunteer Open Day on Fri 8 Sept 2023.

Ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer at Waddesdon? We’re looking for volunteers to join our team, why not come along and learn more about the roles we have available at our Open Day.

We’re looking for House Hosts to provide a warm and friendly welcome for all our visitors, as well as Visitor Insight Volunteers who gather vital feedback and help visitors in their onwards journey once they’ve finished the house tour.

Outside in the grounds, we’re looking for volunteer Garden Guides to give introductory talks to visitors about the history of the house and gardens at Waddesdon. In addition, we are looking to recruit Grounds Hosts who provide an outside welcome for visitors and offer information about their visit to help them maximise their day.

We’re also looking for volunteers to be based at the amazing new 12m high sculpture of the Wedding Cake and support the tours that take place there.

Our Catering team are looking for volunteers to help them down at the Stables to prepare sandwiches and picnics.

Get involved and have the opportunity to work in a magnificent setting helping visitors get the most from their day while building friendships, gaining new skills to build your CV and helping support our heritage property.

At our Open Day, you’ll have the chance to chat about what it’s like to volunteer over a cup of tea with our friendly team, find out more about being a volunteer and then explore the house and gardens at your leisure.

House Host

Working inside the Manor, our House Hosts provide a warm welcome and ensure all our visitors get the most out of their visit by answering questions and providing excellent knowledge about the rooms, their collections and the history of the Rothschild family and Waddesdon.

Visitor Insights volunteer

This new role will be based at the end of the house route where volunteers will gather feedback and provide visitors with any further information they require to have a great day out at Waddesdon.

Garden Guide

Our dedicated team of Garden Guides give an introductory guided talk about the history of the house and grounds at Waddesdon, leading groups on an informal walking tour around the formal gardens, including the Aviary and Parterre.

Grounds Host

Our Grounds Hosts are based in different areas of the site including the Welcome Pavilion, the North Fountain and across the formal grounds to ensure there is a visible point of contact for visitors at every stage of their visit.

Wedding Cake Host

Volunteers in this role welcome visitors to the 12m high sculpture of the Wedding Cake by Joana Vaconcelos and support the guides who give tours there on a Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Based at the Dairy, this is an opportunity to work with one of the most amazing art installations of recent years.

Food to Go Volunteer

Food to Go volunteers support the dynamic and friendly Catering team at the Stables. Volunteers will provide a high level of catering and help prepare a range of foods including sandwiches, picnic baskets and children’s pack lunches.

Retail Volunteer

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Volunteer to join our Retail team. If you enjoy chatting with people, ensuring that they have a great shopping experience, then this role might be the one for you!

Retail Stockroom Assistant Volunteer

If you are organised and like things to be neat and tidy, then we might have the role for you, helping in our Retail Stockroom to sort our fantastic items and getting a first glimpse before they go on the shop floor!  If you are interested in this, we would love to hear from you!

Book your place

Registering for our recruitment day has now closed.

If you are still interested in one of these roles then please email stating which role you are applying for.