Join us for a very special evening where Director of Conservation, Will Palin, will chair a panel of leading experts for a lively discussion, exploring the ethics, challenges, opportunities and pitfalls of new architecture in historic buildings. 

Working in and around historic buildings can provide exciting opportunities for new architecture and design, as well as posing difficult challenges. The Painted Hall project is one of Europe’s largest and most ambitious conservation projects, centred on a building of international importance. The challenge of placing new design within the highly sensitive environment of the Painted Hall lies at the heart of this project. 

Doors open at 6.30pm, with an opportunity to view Thornhill’s masterpiece up close on the observation deck before the talk begins at 7pm.

Cost: £15, £12 concessions (students, seniors (60+), unemployed)

Ticket price includes a glass of wine.

Lift access is available and must be pre-booked. Please call or email Matilde Martinetti to reserve or discuss any other access requirements: [email protected] or 020 8269 4723.


Will Palin is Conservation Director at the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich and Project Director for the conservation of the Painted Hall. He is an architectural writer and historian, working previously as exhibitions curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum and as Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage. He is a trustee of the Ancient Monuments Society and chair of both the East End Preservation Society and the Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust.