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.


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Online learning

We are now offering a programme of live streamed online sessions bringing Waddesdon to your classroom wherever you may be.

Primary sessions


Birds of a feather

Join us for an online session looking at our fabulous Aviary. The workshop will focus on the different species that our Aviary team look after, and the conservation work they do. Pupils will then make a conservation promise to the planet, which will then go on display at Waddesdon. There’s also a resource pack for teachers, so learning can continue after the online session.

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Fun with fairytales

We can bring our popular literacy-based workshop, exploring the famous Sleeping Beauty panels by Leon Bakst to you. Through a facilitator-led online workshop, children will discover the story of Sleeping Beauty through role play and complete a story sequencing activity. There’s also a resource pack for teachers to help you explore the topic further. Dressing up is strongly encouraged!


Myths and Legends

Join us for an online, facilitor-led workshop, exploring the myths of Ancient Greece. Pupils will look at some of the exciting items we have in our collection that take their inspiration from Greek gods and heroes. There’s also a resource pack for teachers to help you explore the topic further.


Session prices

£40 per class or free with Education Group Membership

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