Behind the Scenes of the Vyne's Roof Restoration Project
The Vyne is a stunning 16th-century country house in Basingstoke managed by the National Trust. It sees daily visitors who come to explore the period home and the surrounding gardens and grounds. Like many old things, it's not easy keeping a house like this looking its best, and throughout the past few centuries the house has needed its share of repairs, renovations and restorations. The current restoration is focussing on the Vyne's tiled roof, a £5.4 million project to replace tiles on the Tudor roof and stop leaks and water damage inside the house. Instead of keeping works hidden behind sheets and scaffolding, the Vyne have opened up the renovations for people to see the entire way through.
Through January you will have opportunities to meet with some of the people making these restorations a reality. The project conservator, project builder and project manager will each be on hand on three separate dates to walk you through their role in the restorations and give you a little more insight into the Vyne's history and future.
Meet the Project Specialist - Project Conservator Mon 15 Jan, 2018 2pm-3pm More info
Amanda Sutherland is the project conservator for the Vyne's restoration. The role of Amanda and the other conservators was to make sure that the interiors and collections of the house stayed safe during the works. You'll be taken on a tour through the house and learn more about it's history and future conservation efforts.
Meet the Project Specialist - Project Builder Wed 24 Jan, 2018 1pm-2pm More info
This behind the scenes tour will be taken by the restoration's site manager, Andy Nicholls. Building works on a 16th-century house aren't the same as one on a 1980's flat. On this tour you'll head up onto the rooftop walkway and will learn about the complex work and particular challenges of the rooftop restoration.
Meet the Project Specialist - Project Manager Mon 29 Jan, 2018 1pm-2pm More info
The final project specialist tour is with Andrew Harris, the National Trust building surveyor and project manager. While the previous tours have focused on specific aspects of the restoration project, Andrew's role requires considering everything that the restoration will have an impact on, from tourism, to local wildlife, to the unique heritage of the building.
As well as the project specialist tours, there are other opportunities to go behind the scenes and even be a part of the restoration project. Until February 28th, the rooftop walkway will be open for you to see the restoration work first hand and get some views of the Vyne Estate. The 13m high walkway has been a fundamental part of allowing builders safe access to the roof. To become a part of the restoration you can leave your mark on one of the many tiles being laid on the roof. Tag-a-tile will cost you £5 and you'll be able to personalise a tile with your name or a drawing. Tag-a-tile will also run until the end of February.
All of the project specialist tours are free, but regular Vyne admission prices do apply. Prices are £11.75 for adults, £5.90 for children, or £28.80 for families. National Trust members have free admission. Spaces on some of the tours are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis on the day.