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For secondary schools

Find out about our secondary schools programme and educational visits to Waddesdon Manor.

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Leisure and tourism

A whole day workshop, with a tour of the house, looking at how Waddesdon functions as a major tourist attraction. There’s a chance to look at how visitors use our facilities, what promotional materials and techniques we use, and how we employ the local community. Pupils will also be able to tour the grounds independently, finding out more from members of staff and the public.

Revolution!

An in-depth tour of the house focusing on the objects in the collection relating to the French Revolution. There’s a chance to examine promotion and favour in the Ancient Regime by looking at the petition of Gabriel de Saint-Aubin; explore the opulence and grandeur of the courts of Louis XV and Louis XVI; and look at prints from the entire span of the Revolution up until 1800.

Communications & culture

A half-day workshop looking at objects of desire. A chance to get an in-depth tour of the house, with a focus on how Waddesdon’s collection is relevant to theories of conspicuous consumption. Pupils will look at theorists including Veblen, the Frankfurt School, Bernays and De Certeau.

Careers at Waddesdon

We can now offer a full-day workshop for secondary pupils, focusing on the jobs an organisation like Waddesdon has on offer. Students can meet members of staff from different teams, take part in mock interviews, and have a tour of the site.

Gustave Moreau schools sessions

Gustave Moreau The frogs asking for a king (detail)

Our fantastic exhibition Gustave Moreau: The Fables is a collection of rarely seen watercolours that illustrate the 17th-century Fables of Jean de la Fontaine. Take part in one of our workshops inspired by the exhibition.

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