Painted Hall Project

During 2017 and 2018 the Old Royal Naval College is cleaning and conserving 40,000 square feet of the Painted Hall. This landmark project will return clarity, colour and vibrancy to Sir James Thornhill’s masterpiece. Importantly, the project will also create a more stable environment so that it will be many decades before the Painted Hall needs conserving again.

From April 2017 visitors will have the opportunity to ascend 67 steps to a special observation deck and experience the drama of the vast lower hall ceiling up close. Painted Hall Ceiling Tours offer the chance to discover the painting’s hidden mysteries and learn about the new discoveries made as the project unfolds.

A is for Astronomy, B is for Beta and C is for Constellation

Simon Davies identifies a new character on the Painted Hall ceilingRead more

Delve below the surface

Discover how technical imaging is revealing new information about the painted ceiling and details invisible to the naked eyeRead more

Ghostly details in the Painted Hall

Carla Paulis delves into the shadows to uncover some intriguing details in the Painted HallRead more

All that glimmers: conserving the Painted Hall’s gilding

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

Tycho Brahe: the father of modern astronomy?

Patrick Rice sheds light on the famous Danish astronomer depicted in the Painted HallRead more

A tale of crime, punishment and notoriety

Elaine Galloway introduces John Worley, one of the first sailors to live at the Royal Hospital for SeamenRead more

Hercules: Loves and Labours, lost or found?

Simon Davies introduces this famous mythological character and makes an intriguing new discoveryRead more

Explore the Tudor Floor with our 3D model

You can now explore the Tudor discovery beneath the Painted Hall through our interactive 3D Sketchfab model!Read more

The proscenium arch conserved!

Fascinating discoveries were made during the conservation of the Painted Hall's proscenium arch, which we crowdfunded for last year.Read more

Diana, Goddess of the Moon

Nicola Macbeth explores the connection between the tides and the classical goddess Diana, depicted on the ceiling of the Painted Hall.Read more