We are delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded us a second-round pass for a £3.1million grant towards our £7 million Painted Hall Conservation Project. Over the next three years we plan to conserve the remaining 40,000 square feet of Thornhill’s masterpiece and restore the Painted Hall to its former glory. The project will also give us an opportunity to share conservation skills and bring the stories behind the Painted Hall to life in creative ways.
The conservation project will focus on the Lower Hall, whose magnificent ceiling depicts the founders of the Royal Hospital for Seamen – King William III and Queen Mary II – and the Vestibule, with its soaring cupola, which lists the donors who contributed to the establishment of the Royal Hospital.
The Painted Hall was given a virtual identity last week through 3D modelling.Read more
Dr Anya Matthews, Research Curator for the Painted Hall project will be conducting a number of talks over the coming months to highlight Sir James Thornhill's achievements.Read more
Listen to Dr Anya Matthews, Research Curator for the Painted Hall Project, as she presents Thornhill's preparatory sketches for the Painted Hall.Read more
We invited Dr Chris Ware from the University of Greenwich to talk to us about the Naval history and iconography in the Painted Hall.Read more
Our specialist conservators Stephen Paine and Sophie Stewart have been undertaking trials in the Painted Hall.Read more
We've completed Europe's largest paint-by-numbers based on our stunning Painted Hall. Thanks to all the visitors who helped us complete the painting!Read more
Hugh Broughton Architects, London has been announced as the lead consultant to deliver the conservation of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC).Read more
Two weeks ago BBC News flew a drone in the Painted Hall for the first time. This stunning film was the result...Read more
At the end of January BBC News filmed in the Painted Hall using a remote controlled drone. We couldn't resist filming this unusual site and the result is this short film.Read more
The Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich took two decades to paint and has been described as the "Sistine Chapel of the UK".
Work is due to begin to give the highly-decorated ceiling its first major restoration in over half a century.Read more