Waddesdon Manor visit
Sat 1st October 2011
Near Aylesbury, Bucks HP18 OJH
The Renaissance-style chateau was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of art treasures and to entertain the fashionable world. Forty fiverooms on view combine highest quality of French furniture and decorative arts from the 18th century. Baroness Edmond de Rothschild, mother of James (who bequeathed the Manor to the National Trust in 1957) was a great collector, buying costume, textiles and accessories, such as buttons, lace and fans. Her passion for small, sparkly accessories is reflected in her collection of nearly 600 buttons. Although mostly buying French materials, she also bought Middle Eastern fabrics.
10.30 – Meet for coffee
11.00 - Meet curator Rachel Boak who will give short talk on the Baroness collection. We will go on a behind the scenes tour to look at textiles and ethnic costumes.
12.30-1.15 – In order to save time I suggest bringing a picnic.
1.30 –Rachel will give us a tour of the ground floor of the house, leaving us to look at first floor and exhibitions by ourselves. There will be small displays of lace, buttons and gloves.
4 pm – House closes.
5 pm Garden, shop closes.
Maximum number: 15.
Booking for this event closes 1st September
NT members free entry to house;
Others £15 (concessions £12)
Group tour £5
Contact Meg Andrews
Journey: By car 6 miles north west of Aylesbury on A41; M40 (westbound )exit 6 or 7 via Thame and Long Crendon or M40 (eastbound) exit 9 via Bicester.
Please advise if you are able to offer lifts
Train: Aylesbury Vale Parkway is 2 miles; Aylesbury 6 miles. For anyone coming by train perhaps we can arrange to collect you.