Painted Hall ProjectDuring 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. HomeAbout the ProjectPainted Hall HistorySupport the ProjectNewsPainted Hall Ceiling ToursPages What's on News All We did it! ORNC completes Europe's largest paint-by-numbers. November 2015 | Andrew Thompson The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) celebrated the 340th birthday of Sir James Thornhill by recreating the ceiling of his great masterpiece, the Painted Hall. The giant paint-by-numbers canvas on display in the Painted Hall. The giant 2.5m canvas featuring over 7,500 shapes depicts the ceiling of the Painted Hall, which is about to undergo its biggest transformation since it was created over 300 years ago. Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) completes Europe's largest pain... Last week we completed Europe's largest paint-by-numbers based on our stunning Painted Hall. Thanks to all the visitors who helped us complete the painting!We captured the challenge in this incredible time lapse film. Enjoy! Posted by Old Royal Naval College Greenwich on Thursday, 30 July 2015 It took Thornhill 19 years to complete the Painted Hall. Our version took just six days! Can you guess which is which? Visitors to the ORNC were invited to celebrate the magnificent Baroque style of Sir James Thornhill through this collaborative project, which also launched the ORNC's Future Fund appeal. Hundreds took part in the event and the giant picture took almost a week to complete. Slideshow of images from the Painted Hall by Numbers event Will Palin, Director of Conservation at the ORNC said: “We are immensely proud to preside over one of Britain’s national treasures, the Painted Hall. We hope that inviting members of the public to join us in celebrating the work by helping us to complete Europe’s biggest paint-by-numbers will bring people closer to Thornhill’s masterpiece." “This celebration comes at a crucial time for the ORNC as we kick off the next phase in our conservation work which will enable millions of people to continue to enjoy the Painted Hall for years to come.” The completed canvas will be on display in the undercroft beneath the Painted Hall until the end of August. Find out more Plan your visit See Painted Hall by Numbers Painted Hall Painted Hall Conservation Download a map of the ORNC > Painted Hall by Numbers is kindly supported by Reeves and portraitsbynumbers.co.uk.