Unlocking History at Waddesdon Manor

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1898) filled his country house at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, with an extraordinary collection of 18th-century French art, decorative arts and associated ephemera from the Revolution in 1789 through to the July, or Second French, Revolution of 1830. These include a series of prints, known as the Tableaux de la Révolution and four volumes of 18th-century continental trade cards.
 
The prints portray key moments in France’s revolutionary period, including the storming of the Bastille and the executions of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, culminating around the time of Napoleon. The trade cards reflect all sorts of commercial activity, shops and shopping.
 
Academics from the University of Warwick and Queen Mary University of London have worked with the curators at Waddesdon to digitise and create a free on-line catalogue of this important  but little-known material, preserving these national treasures and making them available to a world-wide audience.

Contributions from Dr Claire Trevein , Dr Paul Davidson , Dr Kate Astbury, Professor Maxine Berg, Dr Helen Clifford, Pippa Shirley (Head of Collections, Waddesdon).

Professor Maxine Berg was awarded a Research Project Grant in 2004.