Painted Hall Project

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.

Until September 30th 2018 visitors 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. This is the last chance to get within touching distance of one of the UK's most inspiring baroque masterpieces, and not to be missed.

Work begins on Painted Hall Project

The Old Royal Naval College has begun its landmark conservation project on the Painted Hall and Undercroft.Read more

Old Royal Naval College awarded £3.2M National Lottery grant

Major donations, grants and gifts will enable the Old Royal Naval College to begin landmark conservation work on the Painted Hall.Read more

Conservation trials in the Painted Hall

Our specialist conservators Stephen Paine and Sophie Stewart have been undertaking trials in the Painted Hall.Read more