Hannah Mary Rothschild

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Hannah Mary Rothschild
Born 22 May 1962
Spouse(s) William Lord Brookfield (divorced)
Children 3
Parent(s) Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild
Serena Dunn Rothschild

Hannah Mary Rothschild (born 22 May 1962) is a British writer, philanthropist and documentary filmmaker. She also serves on the boards of various philanthropic trusts and museums. In August 2015, she became chair of the London National Gallery's Board of Trustees.[1]

Early life

Hannah Mary Rothschild was born on 22 May 1962. She is the eldest child of Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, and his wife Serena Dunn Rothschild. Through her father, she is a member of the Rothschild banking family.


A documentary filmmaker, Rothschild's films include profiles of Frank Auerbach, Walter Sickert, R. B. Kitaj and the BBC series Relative Values and The Great Picture Chase. For BBC's Storyville series and HBO she has produced The Jazz Baroness (2008), about her great-aunt Pannonica de Koenigswarter and Hi Society (2009). A fly on the wall documentary followed. Mandelson: The Real PM? (2010) concerns the UK's former Business Secretary Peter Mandelson in the run up to the 2010 general election.[2]

In addition to her Storyville documentary about her great-aunt, jazz patron Pannonica de Koenigswarter, Rothchild's biography of her, The Baroness: The Search for Nica the Rebellious Rothschild, was published by Virago in 2012. A few years earlier, a radio documentary profile of Nica, The Jazz Baroness, was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on 12 February 2008.[3][4]

Rothchild's first novel The Improbability of Love, set in the art trade, was published in May 2015.[5]


In 2009 she became a trustee of the National Gallery in London[6] and became the liaison trustee for the Tate Gallery in 2013.[7] In December 2014 it was announced that she will become the first woman to chair the National Gallery's board when Mark Getty comes to the end of his term on 10 August 2015.[1]

She is also a trustee of The Rothschild Foundation, a registered charity,[8] whose activities include preserving Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire on behalf of its owner, the National Trust.

Rothschild was formerly a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and the ICA. She was the co-founder of the charity Artists on Film.

Personal life

In 1994, she married William Lord Brookfield[9] and had three children, but they have since divorced.

Title and Styles

  • 22 May 1962 - 20 March 1990 - Hannah Mary Rothschild
  • 20 March 1990 - The Honourable Hannah Mary Rothschild


  1. 1.0 1.1 Brown, Mark (8 December 2014). "Hannah Rothschild to become first woman to chair National Gallery". The Guiardian. Retrieved 10 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Storyville, 2010-2011, Mandelson: The Real PM?". BBC Four. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "The Jazz Baroness website".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. BBC Radio 4. "The Jazz Baroness".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781408862445
  6. National Gallery: Board of Trustees
  7. Tate Gallery: Current Trustees
  8. THE ROTHSCHILD FOUNDATION, Registered Charity no. 1138145 at the Charity Commission
  9. Rothschild Archive

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