Coming soon: New layout in the house at The Vyne
With the whole mansion set to re-open to visitors once more, you can soon discover a brother and sister who helped rescue this former Tudor palace. In the Tapestry Room you’ll have the opportunity to find out about and support the conservation of six eighteenth-century tapestries. In three rooms never before opened to visitors, the Roof Project Exhibition looks back on a £5.4m effort to save The Vyne.
The house is being reorganised to reveal the untold story of a Victorian brother and sister who became entwined 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.
Spaces previously closed to visitors have been opened up to 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.
The Vyne’s Tapestry Room tells the story of its magnificent 18th-century Soho tapestries, which are undergoing urgent conservation treatment. In this darkened room, projected images highlight beautiful scenes from the rare textiles and you can find out how you can be part of an ambitious plan to help save them.
There’s a unique opportunity to watch live conservation too, 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.
There’s more to explore on ‘behind the scenes’ tours, which take you into The Vyne’s atmospheric cellars and attics. And later in the year, a new ‘below stairs’ experience opens in the Servants’ Quarters, inspired by personal family memoirs.