Special exhibitions at Waddesdon 2017

Learn more about our permanent collection and in-coming loans through our exhibition programme. See highlights of new acquisitions, research projects and explore family and collection history. Exhibitions are open from 22 March to 29 October 2017.

Exhibition at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Creatures & Creations 

Witness nature reimagined in this exhibition that sees an amalgamation of fashion, digital art and animal specimens on show. In collaboration with the Natural History Museum at Tring, Walter Rothschild's spectacular collection of natural history provides the inspiration for colourful virtual collages by Platon H and couture dresses by Mary Katrantzou. Until 29 October.

Portrait of Elizabeth I attributed to Hilliard on display at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Power & Portraiture: painting at the court of Elizabeth I 

From 7 June see this special display that explores how Elizabeth I and her courtiers used portraits to fashion their public image and promote themselves in a glamorous, dangerous world. Central to the display are two spectacular panel paintings newly attributed to Nicholas Hilliard.

A French Calendar from the exhibition at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Glorious Years: French Calendars from Louis XIV to the Revolution

This exhibition celebrates the power of the printed image before photography. Learn all about the rare calendars, published in Paris from the golden period under Louis XIV through to the Revolution, when time itself was re-invented, with new ways of illustrating and naming the days and years.

The Red Drawing room at Waddesdon Manor

The Red Drawing room opened up

You can visit the Manor just as a 19th-century guest would have because we've opened up the Red Drawing room. The central room of the house, it connects the main door with the formal gardens to the South.

An archive image of the Bothy Chaps  part of our Tales from the Archive exhibition

Tales from the Archive

Using records and photographs from our archive at Windmill Hill, you'll discover the stories of the people who worked at and visited Waddesdon.

See extraordinary objects in our Riches of the Earth exhibition and trail from 23 March to 23 October

The Riches of the Earth

Baron Ferdinand collected many objects made of precious materials, hardstones, minerals, silver and gold. Some of the smaller objects and items from store are displayed for you to closely examine.

Contemporary sculpture 'Lafite' by artist Joana Vasconcelos at Waddesdon Manor

Joana Vasconcelos: Lafite

We've a great contemporary art collection and one major addition has been Lafite by Joana Vasconcelos. It's a giant pair of candlesticks made of Château Lafite Rothschild wine bottles, lit from within by fibre-optics.