Arts & Heritage
"...to promote the arts and to preserve, protect and restore our unique culture and heritage..."
Arts and heritage is one of the least funded charitable sectors in the UK and one to which the Rothschild family foundations have given generously over the years. As well as continuing support for Waddesdon Manor substantial contributions have been made to Somerset House, The Courtauld Institute, the British Museum and The National Gallery among others. At The Rothschild Foundation we are committed to supporting and encouraging a revival in British heritage, supporting cultural institutions which enable the public to access and enjoy our unique heritage. In doing so, and in addition to our ongoing support for Waddesdon, this year the Foundation has been involved in two major heritage projects - the re-housing of the Waddesdon Bequest at the British Museum and the renovation of Auckland Castle - as well as playing a significant part in the National Gallery's campaign to save Titian's 'Diana and Calisto' for the nation.
After a successful campaign launched in 2008, The National Gallery has managed to 'save' both 'Diana & Actaeon' and 'Diana & Callisto' by Titian. The Foundation has been an important supporter of the 'Save the Titians' campaign from the outset in order to secure paintings for the nation. Following the campaign, the pictures will now go on public display at the National Gallery in Scotland and London, on five year rotations.
The restoration of Auckland Castle as a major heritage attraction for the people for the North East of England was one of the Foundation's major initiatives for 2012. The renewed Auckland Castle will be a major heritage and tourism asset for the North East of England, playing an important role in the regeneration of the area through its ability to attract visitors and create jobs. The hope is for Auckland Castle to be the national centre for the History of Christianity in Britain, bringing together the history and architecture of 800 years of continuous Christianity. Together with the Auckland Castle Trust, the Foundation has been instrumental in the coordination of the project and in securing support from the British Heritage sector more widely.
The Foundation is also proud to support Tring Park School for the Performing Arts (photo), a specialist independent school housed at the former Rothschild house in Tring. Founded 70 years ago, it is one of the leading performing arts schools in the UK and one of only nine vocational secondary schools in the country designated by the government as 'Centres of Excellence for the Performing Arts'. Alongside its achievements in the performing arts, the school is also widely recognised for its academic performance, earning a place in the UK's top 100 independent boarding schools. Given its outstanding track record in both the performing arts and academia, the Foundation has provided scholarship funding to students in need of financial assistance in order to fulfil their potential at the School.
The foundation remains a core funder of the Butrint Foundation, the archaeological site in Albania, and has in the past year supported The Royal Ballet School, the Royal Academy of Music, the Ashmolean Museum and the recently established Migration Museum.