Painted Hall Project

During 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.

Painted Hall Ceiling Tour Tickets now on sale

Tickets for Painted Hall Ceiling Tours are now on sale online.Read more

Painted Hall Vestibule Scaffold nears completion

An update on progress in the Painted Hall.Read more

Work begins on Painted Hall Project

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

Old Royal Naval College awarded £3.2M National Lottery grant

Thanks to major donations, grants and gifts from funding bodies will enable the Old Royal Naval College to embark on the landmark conservation of the Painted Hall.Read more

Highlighting Thornhill's Achievements

Dr Anya Matthews, Research Curator for the Painted Hall project will be conducting a number of talks over the coming months to highlight Sir James Thornhill's achievements.Read more

'A Great and Noble Design:' Sir James Thornhill's Painted Hall

Listen to Dr Anya Matthews, Research Curator for the Painted Hall Project, as she presents Thornhill's preparatory sketches for the Painted Hall.Read more

An Evening of Naval History

We invited Dr Chris Ware from the University of Greenwich to talk to us about the Naval history and iconography in 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

We did it! ORNC completes Europe's largest paint-by-numbers.

We've completed Europe's largest paint-by-numbers based on our stunning Painted Hall. Thanks to all the visitors who helped us complete the painting!Read more