The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College was established in 1997 as a charity to conserve the magnificent Baroque buildings and grounds for present and future generations and to provide opportunities for wide and diverse audiences to enjoy and share its significance.

In addition to a substantial conservation programme, the ORNC has a popular public programme of concerts, festivals, talks, tours and events. Its award-winning learning programme, volunteer and community engagement programmes ensure that it holds a central place within the local community. Today, the ORNC relies on philanthropic support to achieve its goals of conserving the buildings to the highest possible standard and making the site accessible to the widest possible audience.

There are currently two major fundraising campaigns under way; for the conservation of the Painted Hall, and perhaps even more importantly, for building an endowment to safeguard the future of this historic site. The conservation of the Painted Hall is one of the most important conservation projects in the UK. Over 3,700 square metres (40,000 square feet) of Sir James Thornhill’s wall paintings remain to be conserved – a colossal task.

The support received from donors is invaluable and will serve as a lasting legacy to ensure that the ORNC’s site and buildings remain in the best possible condition and can be enjoyed by future generations.

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