January 2014

Acclaimed actor and EastEnders star, Larry Lamb, helped the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) launch the ORNC Angels this week.

A great supporter of the leading UK heritage attraction, Lamb was delighted to join forces with Chief Executive Brendan McCarthy for the launch of the new programme. A regular contributor to The One Show, Lamb interviewed McCarthy about the Angels. See the film here:

Become an ORNC Angel by Old Royal Naval College

As a charity, the ORNC needs donations from individuals, trusts and companies to ensure it can continue to conserve the magnificent Grade 1 listed buildings and open them to the public. Conservation of the 72 Victorian lanterns which illuminate the site is already underway, and in the future the ORNC is planning to do work on the remarkable Victorian Skittle Alley and the Jacobean Undercroft, the only remaining part of the original Greenwich Palace, on the site of which Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece was built.

The Angels scheme offers special benefits to its members including an exciting programme of exclusive talks, lectures, performances and behind-the-scenes conservation tours, discounts in the shop and at the Old Brewery, two for one tickets on tours, some of which offer special access to areas of the site not normally open to the general public, and seats in the special Admiral’s box for concerts in the Chapel. Membership starts from as little as £3 a month.

All those who join by the 31st of March 2014 will also have the additional opportunity to join a private guided tour of the Admiral’s House, part of the oldest building on site, which is not normally open to the public.

The ORNC is fortunate to be one of a number of UK heritage attractions to have been selected for Catalyst Funding, which means that any funds raised (up to £1M) can be match funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and DCMS until 2016. All Angels’ membership funds will thus be worth double to the organisation.

“We are delighted that Larry was able to join us for the launch of this exciting new venture,” says Brendan McCarthy. “He has been a terrific supporter of the ORNC and has now also become our first Angel.”

For further information on the Angels programme and how to sign up visit www.ornc.org/angels

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