Windmill Hill Archive Public Open Afternoons

Explore architecture and art at Windmill Hill, home to Waddesdon archive and the Rothschild Foundation. You'll have a unique opportunity to view the inside of this magnificent building, designed by Stephen Marshall architects.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

The Archive and Reading room at Windmill Hill is an amazing space to enjoy contemporary art and home to the Rothschild Foundation. Open every Wednesday afternoon from 30 March to 19 October for you to view.

May be closed some Wednesdays for private events, check with our booking office for confirmation.

Admission is free to Windmill Hill. Normal admission charges apply to Waddesdon Manor. 10 minute car journey or 15 minutes on foot.

The basics

Booking details
Please note: Windmill Hill is closed to the public on 11 May 2016.
Children Welcome
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Windmill Hill
We may occassionally need to alter or cancel this public access at very short notice. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause, and we do ensure that any changes to the schedule are kept to a minimum.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
5 October 2016 14:00 - 16:00
12 October 2016 14:00 - 16:00
19 October 2016 14:00 - 16:00

Upcoming events

Kate Malone: Inspired by Waddesdon

Sat 01 Oct 2016
Kate Malone, one of the UK's leading ceramic artists, will exhibit new work inspired by gardens, collections and archive at Waddesdon. She has drawn inspiration from many elements of the collections, including Sevres porcelain, works on paper...

Tales from the Archive Exhibition

Sat 01 Oct 2016
This year's exhibition focusses on people and how the records we hold in the Waddesdon archives, housed at Windmill Hill, tell us their stories. One highlight will be to share research recently carried out on the visitors who signed Waddesdon's...

Persuading the King: A Manuscript Petition by Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724-1780)

Sat 01 Oct 2016
This display highlights a new addition to the collection at Waddesdon- Gabriel de Saint-Aubin's volume - Placets de l'officier Desbans (1775). This elaborate manuscript petition (placet) was submitted to Louise XVI and Marie-Antoinette by a...

The Riches of the Earth - Exhibition and trail throughout the house

Sat 01 Oct 2016
Curator: Juliet Carey Waddesdon is full of works of art that celebrate, embody or express the wealth of the Earth. A trail around the house highlights some of these riches - earthenware and porcelain clays worked into vessels and sculptures,...

A Closer Look: Spotlight on French Royal Furniture by Jean-Henri Riesener

Sat 01 Oct 2016
Waddesdon Manor houses three extraordinary chest of drawers by court cabinet-maker Jean-Henri Riesener, two of which belonged to members of the French royal family. They are among twelve pieces of furniture now at Waddesdon that were originally...

Step this way: The Red Drawing Room Opened Up

Sat 01 Oct 2016
Come into the manor as a 19th-century house guest would have. The Red Drawing room is the central room of the house, connecting the main door with the formal gardens to the south. Baron Ferdinand's guests congregated there before going into...