Behind the Scenes of Lyveden Reconnected

Peeking at Lyveden Manor through the trees

At Lyveden we are about to embark upon a project like none other in the National Trust. One that reimagines the spaces within the recently acquired Manor house and invites people from all backgrounds to express their own beliefs and to listen to those of others.

The new Lyveden experience

The story of Lyveden is a poignant and dramatic example of one man standing up for his beliefs in dangerous times, in an act of quiet and creative rebellion. We will invite visitors to connect with the strange and glorious landscape of Lyveden and the emotive story behind its creation. The landscape and its story should provoke awe, a moment of reflection and, hopefully, a desire to connect.

Driving up the entrance
Looking down the entrance track
Driving up the entrance

We will do this by:

  • Re-orienting the journey through Sir Thomas' landscape, to its original route, starting at the Manor, to more easily appreciate his vision,
  • Providing opportunities for exploration throughout the site, making use of Elizabethan coding and symbolism to engage with Sir Thomas' design and intent.
  • New experiences in the Manor will act as a frame for the whole visit. Designed for provocation, reflection and dialogue, these spaces will not ony tell our story but encourage visitors to contribute their own responses, questions and beliefs.
Sunshine on the moats
Moat at Lyveden
Sunshine on the moats

Spring Opening Update

We're inviting visitors to a behind the scenes experience of Lyveden to help us shape its future. The Trust acquired the Manor back in 2013, and we've been working on plans to open the building to the public ever since.

Through the Lyveden Reconnected project, we're incorporating the historic building and surrounding grounds into the future experience of the site, and we'd really like some help to decide how we use the brand new spaces within the Manor.

Sneak previews at the Manor
Front door of the Manor
Sneak previews at the Manor

So, what's it going to look like?

Inside the Manor visitors can learn more about Sir Thomas' life and explore the experiences that drove him to create Lyveden, before embarking on a journey through the gardens to the lodge. We'll be testing out some new story-telling and interpretation techniques, as well as exploring new ways to enable visitors to express their own responses, questions and beliefs, and share those with others. We can't do this alone and asking those who visit the Manor this winter will help us test, evaluate and develop our ideas.

You can visit the Manor on Fridays and Saturdays from 13:00-16:00.

Admission to the Manor will be included in our property admission price.

View from behind
Looking at the rear of the Manor House at Lyveden
View from behind

Getting involved

Volunteers are going to be a huge part of helping us with winter opening this season, and then with the ultimate delivery of the project. To deliver this we're going to need shuttlebus drivers and visitor experience hosts, as well as our usual volunteer roles in the tea-room and visitor cenre. Other roles will include providing support with fundraising, marketing and communications, researching, and being part of a talks service. For more information about volunteering please contact Emily.

Peeking into the orchard
Looking through the hedge towards the orchard
Peeking into the orchard