The Painted Hall is currently closed as we prepare for an ambitious conservation project.
Over 2 years, a team of conservators will work on 3,700 square metres of painted surface, bringing new life and vibrancy to paintings obscured by decades of deterioration.
From April 2017 visitors will have the opportunity to get up close to the vast lower hall ceiling via a special observation deck.
With the snow falling on Greenwich it is somehow appropriate that our conservators are now working on a group of figures representing the four winds. Read more
New discoveries are being made in the Painted Hall. Conservation Director Will Palin discusses the early life of the Painted Hall, and what recent conservation has revealed about it. Read more
The Big Picture is the Old Royal Naval College's blog, dedicated to art, history, and the story of Greenwich.
We take a look at some of the scenes from major Netflix series The Crown, filmed at the Old Royal Naval College.Read more
With the snow falling on Greenwich it is somehow appropriate that our conservators are now working on a group of figures representing the four winds.Read more
London’s fog is legendary, and as the temperature drops, this is one of the best times of the year to come and see it.Read more
Filming on site, dark age kidnappings and one-limbed cricket - here are our most-read blog posts of 2016.Read more
Jousting is often thought of as a medieval phenomenon – but it truly reached its peak in the era of the Tudors, in the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Read on for 6 things you probably didn’t know about jousting!Read more
New discoveries are being made in the Painted Hall. Conservation Director Will Palin discusses the early life of the Painted Hall, and what recent conservation has revealed about it.Read more
The Old Royal Naval College was one of Sir Christopher Wren’s final designs, and drew from work made across the architect's life. We look at four of his best and how they inspired the ORNC.Read more
The Painted Hall is a great symbol of Britain's proud maritime past - so it was only fitting that it should become the resting place of Britain's greatest maritime hero, Lord Horatio Nelson. Nelson's lying-in-state was an occasion of great importance in the history of the Painted Hall - and indeed of London.Read more
History often overlooks Sir James Thornhill, mentioned occasionally as William Hogarth’s haughty father-in-law. Yet, in his day, the artist was a superstar, whose decoration of the Painted Hall earnt him a fortune, a knighthood, and widespread renown as the “greatest History painter this Kingdom ever produced.”Read more
As the Painted Hall Project progresses, our conservator cleans Thornhill's grisailles in the Upper Hall - with amazing results.Read more