November 2012

The Old Royal Naval College has been awarded £335,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards conservation work in the Painted Hall.

The Painted Hall, one of the most magnificent parts of the Old Royal Naval College, was decorated by English artist Sir James Thornhill between 1708 and 1727.

It is almost sixty years since the space was last conserved. The HLF grant will enable us to carry out work on the West Wall, which includes consolidation of plaster and paint layers and repair of old water damage, paint flaking and varnish blanching.

The grant will also support the delivery of conservation skills training and a programme of associated public, community and learning events, including behind the scenes tours on scaffolding for the public to experience the conservation work up close and conservation and building skills taster workshops for secondary school and further education college students.

The total cost of the West Wall conservation programme will be £475,000 with the Old Royal Naval College raising the balance from a variety of other sources. It is envisaged that the long-term conservation plan of the entire Painted Hall will be delivered over a number of years with an estimated total cost of in excess of £2 million.

The conservation of the West Wall of the Painted Hall was completed and re-opened for the public in 2013.  

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