Painted Hall Project

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.

Filming The Crown at the ORNC

We take a look at some of the scenes from major Netflix series The Crown, filmed at the Old Royal Naval College.Read more

Blowing in the Wind: Conserving the Vestibule Dome

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

Fog in Greenwich

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

Our 5 top blogs of 2016

Filming on site, dark age kidnappings and one-limbed cricket - here are our most-read blog posts of 2016.Read more

Jousting at Greenwich: 6 things you probably didn’t know

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

Revealing the mysterious early life of the Painted Hall

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

4 Christopher Wren masterpieces that inspired the ORNC

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

Nelson's Lying-in-State in the Painted Hall

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

Sir James Thornhill, mastermind of the Painted Hall

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

Cleaning in the Upper Hall

As the Painted Hall Project progresses, our conservator cleans Thornhill's grisailles in the Upper Hall - with amazing results.Read more