Discover new experiences and untold stories
Explore the Victorian chapter of The Vyne’s history and learn about a family dedicated to the mansion’s survival. In an exhibition, ‘Hampshire’s leading citizen’, discover the life and legacy of The Vyne’s last owner, Charles Chute. Until 29 November, you can find out about The Vyne’s 18th-century Soho tapestries which are offsite for conservation treatment. From 30 Nov – 23 Dec and then 26 Dec – 2 Jan you can see the ground floor lavishly decorated for a Victorian Christmas and follow the story of A Christmas Carol. On select dates, you can book yourself onto a Christmas candlelit tour.
Please note that at this time of the year, some rooms are closed for routine conservation work. You'll find a schedule of room closures at the bottom of this article.
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.
The story of 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 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.
Previously closed to visitors, the intimate space of the Larder is now on public view, with its shelves and work surfaces brimming with provisions for a Victorian household.
Now restored to its historical origins, the Housekeeper’s Room has furniture you can sit on and a collection of Victorian costumes for you to try on.
A quick note
Looking after a Tudor mansion that is open to visitors 363 days of the year means that, at some point, we’ll need to carry out cleaning and conservation work while we’re still open.
As far as possible, we try to keep this work in public view, so you can see how your support is helping The Vyne, but sometimes this is not feasible and we have to close off certain parts of the house.
In case you’re eager to see a particular room on your visit, we’ve put together this list of upcoming room closures to help you time your visit just right:
Upcoming room closures for conservation work:
1 Oct - 30 Nov 2019 – Large drawing room, China room, Further drawing room, Stone gallery, The Study & Print room located on the ground floor.
1 Dec 2019 – 5 Jan 2020 – All first floor except 'Hampshire's leading citizen' exhibition (Bedrooms x2, Oak gallery, Tapestry room, Little tapestry room, Library) Don’t forget though, that the ground floor will still be open and lavishly decorated for a Victorian Christmas from 30 November until 23 December and then from 26 December 2019 until 2 January 2020 12-3pm.
6-7 Jan 2020 – Servants’ quarters located on the ground floor (Larder, Housekeeper’s Room, Bookshop).
8-19 Jan 2020 – Servants’ quarters plus an extra corridor located on the ground floor (Old kitchen, Larder, Housekeeper’s Room, Bookshop) and locker room.
If you're interested in a particular item in the house, we recommend you book a free appointment with the house team in advance on 01256 883858.