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.

Copper pot as part of an object handling collection

Your visitLearning

Projects and partnerships

There are many ways to get involved with Waddesdon as a school, from special event projects to taking part in our partnerships.

Projects and partnerships Go to... Contact us Top

Special school sessions and projects

Christmas Project

Miss Alice

Every year we create a display by local school children which is seen by the hundreds of thousands of visitors we welcome over the Christmas period.

Every pupil who takes part will receive one free ticket to Christmas at Waddesdon and is also entitled to 4 half-price tickets for friends and family.

How to take part
To get involved you will need Education Group Membership. It couldn’t be easier to sign up for membership and if you are Buckinghamshire school you can use the School Access Fund to help cover the cost of your membership.

Learn more about Education Group Membership >

Learn more about School Access Fund >

For any questions or if you would like to book our Christmas session, email:



stART talking

We’re partnering the Roche Court Educational Trust to launch the stART Talking project in Buckinghamshire. An opportunity open to KS4 and KS5 to encourage young people to talk about the arts and build confidence, oracy skills and critical thinking.

Discover more about this project>

Online sessions

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

Discover our online learning sessions>