This month, a series of stunning photographs have been captured documenting the Painted Hall Project as conservation works progress and the first Painted Hall Ceiling Tours climb to the observation deck. Here’s a selection of our favourites.

A conservator works on a colossal gilded capital, 60 feet above the Painted Hall floor

A conservator works on a colossal gilded capital, sixty feet above the vestibule. Work has been underway in the vestibule since late 2016, as the conservators slowly working downwards from the vestibule dome. Photo: Matthew Andrews


A conservator stretches to reach gilded details in the Painted Hall

A conservator stretches to reach gilded details in the Painted Hall vestibule. Photo: Matthew Andrews


An explainer points out William III to a Painted Hall Ceiling Tour

An explainer points out the face of King William III, who originally commissioned the Painted Hall on the wishes of his late wife Queen Mary II, during a Painted Hall Ceiling Tour. Photo: Matthew Andrews


An explainer discusses the gilded figures on the arch of the Painted Hall

An explainer discusses the gilded figures of Mars and Venus to visitors on a Painted Hall Ceiling Tour. Sat triumphantly besides the coat of arms of William and Mary, these Roman gods of martial prowess personify the co-monarchs and their military triumph over the Catholic James II in the "Glorious Revolution". Photo: Matthew Andrews


A Painted Hall Ceiling Tour from an unusual angle

Visitors on a Painted Hall Ceiling Tour come face to face with William and Mary, close enough to see Sir James Thornhill's brushstrokes, miniature details such as the dove of peace atop Mary's rod, and conservators' signatures on Mary's chest from a previous conservation. Photo: U3A photography


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