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The Rothschild Research Forum is a new web-based resource for those engagedin research at postgraduate level or equivalent into any of the many facets of Rothschild family history. The range of disciplines and topics illuminated by the Forum's key sources will include banking, financial and business history; the history of economic and industrial development in many parts of the globe; the social and political context of business life in 19th- and 20th-century Europe; fine art, the decorative arts and the history of the collecting; natural history, gardens and architecture.

As it develops, the Forum will provide on-line access to increasingly detailed and extensive resources: guides to key sources; original documents in transcript or digital form; images; virtual exhibitions; guides to family properties; inventories of collections; articles by curators, archivists and researchers; lists of new publications; and the opportunity to communicate directly with fellow researchers via the Research Directory and the Message Board.

The Forum is the fruit of a collaboration between two research-focused organisations. The Rothschild Archive Trust is an educational trust established to preserve and give access to more than two million documents and photographs reflecting Rothschild family history. Waddesdon Manor, Ferdinand de Rothschild's Renaissance-style château in Buckinghamshire, is renowned for its collection of fine and decorative art and as a centre for the history of collecting. Other institutions with Rothschild collections will join this consortium in the near future.

At this stage in its development, the site contains a diverse but admittedly preliminary selection of material. Comments and suggestions from users will be welcomed and taken into account in the future development of the site.

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