The magnificence of the Painted Hall is enhanced by its extensive gilded decoration, created in the eighteenth century by skilled craftsmen using real gold leaf. Pilgrim Trust gilding intern Eliza Doherty shares her experience of conserving this unique part of the decoration, removing decades of dirt and grime to reveal the glimmering surface below.

Watch conservator Eliza Doherty share her experience of cleaning the gilded decoration in the Painted Hall

Book a Painted Hall Ceiling Tour today

If you haven't already, now's the time to book one of our acclaimed Painted Hall Ceiling Tours. Ascend 60 feet and discover the secrets of London’s largest painted ceiling.

Book a tour today >

Find out more