The Vyne re-opens: discover new experiences and untold stories

The Stone Gallery arranged as it was in a watercolour painted in 1877.

With the whole mansion re-opened to visitors once more, you can now discover a brother and sister who helped rescue this former Tudor palace. In three rooms never before opened to visitors, the Roof Project Exhibition looks back on a £5.4m effort to save The Vyne. You can watch our entire library being restored to its shelves, and later in October explore the exciting project to save our magnificent Soho tapestries.


The house has been reorganised to reveal the untold story of a brother and sister linked with The Vyne’s survival. Newly presented rooms draw you into this moment in the mansion’s past, mirroring charming 19th-century watercolours painted by members of the family.

The Stone Gallery has been restored to its 19th-century interior, depicted in this 1877 watercolour
The Stone Gallery in 1877, a watercolour by Elizabeth Chute, at The Vyne
The Stone Gallery has been restored to its 19th-century interior, depicted in this 1877 watercolour

A brother and sister linked with The Vyne's survival

Caroline and William Wiggett are being celebrated as The Vyne's unexpected rescuers. 

Taken on as an adopted niece in 1803, Caroline's legacy comes in the form of her memoirs that offer a rich and relatable window into 19th-century life at the grand house. 

William was announced as the surprise heir to The Vyne in 1827. From 1842, he took on an ambitious roof project at great personal cost which ultimately saved the house from falling into disrepair. 

In The Vyne's saloon, follow in the footsteps of William Wiggett Chute and his Victorian family.
The saloon at The Vyne.
In The Vyne's saloon, follow in the footsteps of William Wiggett Chute and his Victorian family.

The Vyne Roof Project Exhibition

Spaces previously closed to visitors now host a snapshot of The Vyne’s huge roof project. Against a backdrop of construction sights and sounds, you can watch bird’s-eye-view drone footage, and learn how more than 3,000 items were protected in the house.  

Archaeological ‘finds’ are on show, and we’ve even recreated the long money chute, with stairs to the top where you can throw in your coins.


Conservation in action

You can also watch live conservation when the Library’s entire book collection is cleaned and restored to the shelves. Look out for ‘hidden’ items, such as personal letters and bookmarks.

Book cleaning in the tapestry room
Book cleaning
Book cleaning in the tapestry room

New installation coming soon: Conserving The Vyne's Soho tapestries

The Tapestry Room tells the story of its magnificent 18th-century Soho tapestries, which are undergoing urgent conservation treatment. In this darkened room, projected images will highlight beautiful scenes from the rare textiles and you'll be able to find out how you can be part of an ambitious plan to help save them.

A motif from one of The Vyne's Soho tapestries depicts a Chinese legend called 'The Oath of the Peach Garden'.
A motif from one of The Vyne's Soho tapestries depicts a Chinese legend called 'The Oath of the Peach Garden'.
A motif from one of The Vyne's Soho tapestries depicts a Chinese legend called 'The Oath of the Peach Garden'.

Coming up in the New Year: A ‘below stairs’ experience

In the Servants’ Quarters, a new interactive experience inspired by Caroline’s memoirs invites you to explore life ‘below stairs’.