Eight things grown-ups shouldn't miss during The Vyne's roof project

A roof guide chats with a visitor on The Vyne's rooftop walkway

The curious can unlock behind-the-scenes stories with our new programme highlights. Take in new views from our walkway and get a bird’s eye view of the rooftop being stripped bare. On selected dates, our project experts will give you the inside story on this complex conservation project. Spend a summer’s evening indulging in an exclusive evening roof tour or a spot of outdoor theatre. In an exclusive lecture, Oxford University historian Dr. Lucy Kaufman takes you back to the cusp of the Reformation and Henry VIII’s visit to The Vyne. Read on to see all eight highlights.

A roof guide chats with a visitor on The Vyne's rooftop walkway

Evening roof tours

Explore the rooftop walkway after hours on an exclusive guided tour in aid of a vital conservation project. Afterwards, you'll be led to the north lawn where you'll find a drinks reception waiting for you. There will be an opportunity to sign slate tiles that will go on The Vyne's new roof; a legacy that will last for centuries.

Henry VIII depicted in 16th century stained glass at The Vyne.

Lecture with Oxford University Fellow Dr. Lucy Kaufman

Lecture with Oxford University Fellow Dr. Lucy Kaufman. A Fellow at Keble College, Oxford, Dr. Lucy Kaufman's lecture examines the drama and impact of the king's Royal Progress to The Vyne in October 1535, on the very cusp of the Reformation. Light refreshments provided. Please be aware that the 9 June lecture will be held at Cross House, Bramley, RG26 5DQ. This is a 5 minute drive from The Vyne.

A visitor makes a tile at The Vyne

Make a Tile

The Keymer hand-made tile company are giving you the opportunity to make a roof tile. Having made your tile in a mould, you will make your tile unique by adding your hand-print to it.

A close-up of a tree on the lime avenue at The Vyne

Tudor secrets self-guided tour

At the site visited by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1535, pick up your self-guided tour at Visitor Reception and uncover hidden secrets contained in The Vyne's surviving Tudor features.

A resistivity metre during a geophysical survey

Geophysics in action

Come to The Vyne and see a geophysical survey in action. This archaeological investigation uses sensors rather than digging to find out what Tudor features lie buried beneath the north lawn.

A staff member at The Vyne

Meet the project specialists

On various dates you can chat to experts who share stories with our visitors, care for historic interiors, study the roof structure and ensure this complex project is carried out safely.

Old tiles on The Vyne's roof

Oxford Rock Breakdown Laboratory

For the first time, scientists are analysing building materials from the roof. To get closer to the action on 1-2 July, you can work alongside researchers from the Oxford Rock Breakdown Laboratory using cutting edge technology.