Sunday 17 March 2019, 3 pm
A Year in the Life of Waddesdon Manor
Simon Wales is the General Manager of Waddesdon Manor, the historic National Trust property based in Buckinghamshire which is managed by a Rothschild family charitable trust. With a background in music and the performing arts, Simon previously held the position of General Manager of Town Hall Birmingham, a 1,000-seat concert hall. He was the founding Centre Director of LSO St Luke’s, the London Symphony Orchestra’s music education centre. He was also a Clore Fellow in the second year of the Clore Leadership Programme. Simon is also the Chair of the dance-circus company Motionhouse, and he sings in the London Symphony Chorus in the tenor section.
Waddesdon was created by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 1880s to display his outstanding collection of art treasures, and to entertain fashionable society. Fast-forward to 2019, and Waddesdon welcomes nearly half a million visitors annually to a year-round programme of events and temporary exhibitions. Now one of the most-visited National Trust sites and managed by The Rothschild Foundation charity, there are hundreds of staff and volunteers who are responsible for looking after visitors throughout the season, plus managing the constant planning, maintenance, conservation, investment and challenges that are involved.
In his talk, Simon will share some of his own experiences of working at Waddesdon, and he will illustrate many of the highlights of the Waddesdon year.