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Sources for business history

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

The New Court Vitrine: Microscope of Miriam Rothschild, 19th century

The New Court Vitrine, curated by The Rothschild Archive, recalls the cases of treasures and cabinets of curiosity that graced the great Rothschild houses.

Microscope from the collection of the late Dame Miriam Rothschild (1908-2005). Used by Miriam in her scientific studies, it is possible she inherited it from her father Charles (1877-1923), or her uncle Walter (1868-1937). All three were noted scientists.

Miriam Rothschild: natural historian and conservationist

Miriam Louisa Rothschild was a zoologist, entomologist and parasitologist who published over three hundred scientific papers during her lifetime. She was the eldest child of Nathaniel Charles Rothschild and Rózsika von Wertheimstein (1870-1940). Lacking a formal education, she was inspired by the scientific work of her father and uncle Walter. She studied zoology at Chelsea Polytechnic, and worked as a marine biologist. During the Second World War, she was a translator at the British Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park.

After the war, she turned her attention to the study of fleas, investigating the jumping mechanism of Xenospylla cheopis, and co-authored volumes describing her father’s collection of fleas. Miriam championed nature conservation; the garden at her Ashton Wold estate in Northamptonshire was described as ‘an outstanding example of wildflower and grassland gardening’. Her expertise led to her advising HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales when he was creating an experimental wildflower meadow at his Highgrove Estate. In addition to her academic work, Miriam was actively involved in a broad range of civic, social and political causes, including the campaign to decriminalise homosexuality, and research in the field of mental health.

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