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Sources for business history: plans of New Court

Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

Latest news from The Rothschild Archive

Treasure of the Month for July 2022

As many of us look forward to our summer holidays we delve into the history of travel through an item in the Archive collection: a passport belonging to Charlotte, Baroness Lionel de Rothschild.

Posted on the 1st July 2022  | Read more…

EABH Conference: Monetary Unions in History, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1 July 2022: Registration open

Registration is now open for the eabh conference Monetary Unions in History, 1 July 2022, Sofia, Bulgaria.

The conference is jointly organised by The Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) and eabh (The European Association for Banking and Financial History).

Posted on the 20th June 2022  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for June 2022

As the United Kingdom looks forward to Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, we explore how a previous royal jubilee was celebrated by members of the Rothschild family in 1897.

Posted on the 31st May 2022  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for May 2022

As recent events at home and abroad focus all our minds on the importance of good healthcare, we celebrate International Nurses Day with a treasure from the Archive that illustrates the Rothschild family’s long-held commitment to supporting the nursing profession, and those who dedicate their careers to society’s welfare.

Posted on the 1st May 2022  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for April 2022

In today’s fast-paced world where emails are delivered in micro-seconds, and groceries, clothes and even automobiles can be ordered and delivered to your home in a matter of minutes, we look back 200 years to a time when the transport of mail and goods was a much more complicated affair. Travel with us to the extraordinary and often dangerous age of the mail coach.

Posted on the 1st April 2022  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for March 2022

The collections of The Rothschild Archive London hold some unexpected treasures; this piece of antique furniture, acquired as a gift in 2020, has this month been put on display at New Court. In all the cities where they settled, members of the Rothschild family sought to apply their wealth, patronage and influence for the good of their fellow citizens, supporting Jewish and non-Jewish charities engaged with a range of social issues such as children’s welfare and education. One such charity was London’s Jews' Hospital and Orphan Asylum (now Norwood), a venerable institution with which the Rothschild family have been involved for over four generations.

Posted on the 1st March 2022  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for February 2022

As many of us start to once again allow ourselves to plan trips, holidays, and vacations, the Archive team looks back to a travel log created by a member of the Rothschild family who was a keen horticulturist, taking inspiration from gardens visited during his travels.

Posted on the 1st February 2022  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for January 2022

Our first ‘Treasure’ of 2022 is not an object but an event: an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Vienna about the history of the Austrian branch of the Rothschild family. The exhibition is open to the public until 5 June 2022 and – fittingly for the times – there is much to be discovered online too. 

Posted on the 1st January 2022  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for December 2021

December is a month upon which the archivists always look fondly. Ten years ago, we completed the move of over 5km of shelving of  archives and nearly 2,000 reference books to our new home at New Court. This month we look at a treasure of a different kind; the physical space inhabited by the Archive and we look back at the history of the Archive itself. From bank vaults to environmentally controlled purpose built storage, the Archive has a history of its own to tell.

Posted on the 1st December 2021  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for November 2021

This month we explore the connection between the English Rothschild family and the world famous Court Jewellers, Fabergé.  As collectors and commissioners of luxury items, the family has been patrons of many famous artisans, but perhaps none so venerated today as Fabergé. The work of Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920), goldsmith by special appointment to the Russian Imperial Crown, will be celebrated in an eagerly anticipated exhibition opening later this month at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

Posted on the 29th October 2021  | Read more…