Behind the Scenes of Lyveden Reconnected

Peeking at Lyveden Manor through the trees

At Lyveden we are embarking 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 want to 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

So, what's it going to look like?

Inside the Manor visitors will be able to 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. During the temporary opening of the Manor earlier this year, we tested 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. This was something we couldn't do alone and asked those who visited the Manor to help us test, evaluate and develop our ideas.

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

 

When can I see it?

Lyveden will open in late Spring 2020 with its new orientation; you'll enter the car park from the bottom of the site and be welcomed in a brand new visitor reception building. The Manor will be home to a new cafe, reinstated Great Chamber and more. Keep an eye out on the website and social media for more information on what's happening, when you can visit and all the exciting changes coming up at Lyveden.

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