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For the last two years the Old Royal Naval College has been 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.
As part of the project we gave over 80,000 visitors the opportunity to ascend specially built scaffolding to an observation deck to experience the drama of the vast lower hall ceiling up close.
The Painted Hall project is now in its final stages and will reopen in March 2019.
Explore the art, architecture and fascinating stories of the Painted Hall.
Standing proudly inside the entrance to the King William Undercroft, an obelisk, designed and created by the 2017-18 students on the Banker Masonry course at the Building Crafts College, is on permanent display.Read more
With the most comprehensive conservation project in the Painted Hall’s history now close to completion, the extensive scaffolding has been dismantled, with the final touches taking place...Read more
Watch as conservator Sam Whittaker helps us decode historic graffiti discovered on the Painted Hall ceiling.Read more
Students from Lewisham College produced an exhibition mounted on the scaffolding in the Painted Hall, exploring their identities and responding to the painted ceiling itself.Read more
Simon Davies identifies a new character on the Painted Hall ceilingRead more
Discover how technical imaging is revealing new information about the painted ceiling and details invisible to the naked eyeRead more
Carla Paulis delves into the shadows to uncover some intriguing details in the Painted HallRead more
Watch conservator Eliza Doherty share her experience of cleaning the gilded decoration in the Painted HallRead more
Patrick Rice sheds light on the famous Danish astronomer depicted in the Painted HallRead more
Elaine Galloway introduces John Worley, one of the first sailors to live at the Royal Hospital for SeamenRead more