Fire and wire at Tyntesfield

Victorian fire house at Tyntesfield

Things are different at Tyntesfield in 2018 as we work on a major conservation project to replace the fire alarm system in the house.

What are we doing?

In 2018, we are working on a major conservation project to replace the fire alarm system in the house.

Instead of closing the house during the work, we wanted to keep it open so that you can see the ways we look after historic houses like Tyntesfield and catch a glimpse of the conservation work involved in a major project.

From January through to November, the house at Tyntesfield will look slightly different as rooms are opened and closed and many of the 60,000 items in Tyntesfield's collection are moved to make way for the work.

Why are we doing it?

Although the current fire alarm system in the house is still working perfectly fine, in a few year's time the spare parts will stop being made. Rather than wait until the last minute, we have decided to replace the system now while we still have the back up in place.

The majority of our current fire alarm sensors are wireless and powered by batteries. This means that every time a battery needs changing (which happens a lot) our team needs to build scaffolding towers which can put our collection at risk. So, where possible, our new fire alarm system is going to be mostly hard wired to make it easier to look after and put less strain on our collection going forward.

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Visitors at Tyntesfield
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What can you see?

As the fire alarm replacement works progress through the house, you may see...

  • Floorboards being lifted.
  • Wire being fitted.
  • Furniture and paintings covered to protect them from dust.
  • Storerooms.
  • Tyntesfield's conservation team working to catalogue, move and clean items from the collection.
  • Information on the work we're doing and why.
Fire hose at Tyntesfield

Pre-book your visit to the house

During our project to replace our fire alarm system, you will need a site pass to visit the house. These are available for time slots throughout the day and can can also be picked up on the day from the Ticket Office, but please be aware that numbers are limited.