Back in August, we announced the discovery of Tudor remains beneath the undercroft of the Painted Hall. During work on the Painted Hall Project, our team uncovered the remains of Greenwich Palace, birthplace of Henry VIII and of his daughters Mary and Elizabeth I. 

Working with 3D modelling platform Sketchfab, the Old Royal Naval College has created an interactive model of the Tudor Floor, that allows users to explore the discovery whilst the site remains out of bounds due to construction work. The model is narrated by Jane Sidell, Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic England, who gives insight into the find, such as the possible use of its niches for the keeping of skeps (hive baskets) during the winter months when the bee colonies were hibernating. 

A cutaway model, showing the remains without the context of the site, is also available, as well as a version of the model optimised for VR.

Exploring the site in virtual reality

We hope to secure funds to preserve the remains within the new Visitor Centre that will be built beneath the Painted Hall. In the meantime, you can experience the Painted Hall Project at first hand through a Painted Hall Ceiling Tour or one of our monthly conservator-led tours.

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