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.


As part of the project we gave over 80,000 visitors the opportunity to ascend specially built scaffolding to an observation deck to experience the drama of the vast lower hall ceiling up close.


The Painted Hall project is now in its final stages and will reopen in March 2019.

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