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The Ashton Wold Collection

A collection of documents and photographs and family papers from the estate at Ashton Wold, deposited with The Rothschild Archive London by Dame Miriam Rothschild. 

Access to some of these collections is restricted at the request of the donors and depositors. All papers later than 1945 are currently closed to researchers; for further information please contact The Rothschild Archive »

The Ashton Wold Collection I, [1660]; 1820-1940

000/635, 000/636, 000/639, 000/640, 000/644, 3 boxes, 4 folders

Papers from the Muniment Room, Ashton Wold: sundry items from the strong room at Ashton Wold gifted to the Archive by Dame Miriam’s Rothschild. The collection includes awards of honours, bookplates, illustrations of Rothschild coats of arms, and other correspondence and papers, mainly relating to Miriam’s father Nathaniel (Charles) Rothschild (1877-1923) and her grandfather Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild (1840-1915). [Note: most papers listed in this collection will be found listed elswhere in this Guide].

The Ashton Wold Collection II, 1880-1981

000/1323, 47 boxes

A collection of documents and photographs and family papers from the estate at Ashton Wold, deposited with The Archive by Dame Miriam Rothschild. The collection includes:

  • correspondence, photographs, scientific papers, publications by and about Rothschild family members;
  • papers of Miriam’s father, (Nathaniel) Charles Rothschild, including a number of photograph albums of Harrow schjool, and albums of Charles' 'Round the World' Voyage, 1902,his 'Diary of Japan', 1902, and tours in eastern Europe, 1905-1906; photographs and papers relating to Charles' scientific research; 
  • leather-bound testimonial addressed to Walter Rothschild by the North East London Jewish Institute, Hackney on the opening of their new premises, thanking him for his support, 4 June 1905;
  • Family photograph albums;
  • Volume of press cuttings concerning the 70th birthday of Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild;
  • copies of various books authored by members of the Rothschild family;
  • volume of watercolours and sketches by Leonora, Baroness Alphonse de Rothschild;
  • photographs and sundry estate papers of Ashton Wold and Tring;
  • Sothebys sale catalogues for the 148 Piccadilly sales of 1937;
  • offprints of scientific articles and papers by Miriam Rothschild and Victor, 3rd Lord Rothschild;
  • research papers and photographs collected by Miriam Rothschild for her book Dear Lord Rothschild

List available

The Ashton Wold Collection: portrait bust of Dame Miriam Rothschild, 2003

000/1513/2, 1 item

Bronze portrait bust of Miriam Rothschild (1908-2007), with a butterfly on right shoulder, inscribed "Dame Miriam Rothschild sculpted by Marcus Cornish on Dame Miriam’s 95th birthday 2003". The Prince of Wales commissioned a bust of Miriam Rothschild for his garden at Highgrove. This second copy, produced with the Prince’s approval, was a gift to Miriam from her cousin Sir Evelyn de Rothschild (1931-2022).