The ORNC is an iconic landmark at the heart of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, recognised by UNESCO as a place of outstanding international cultural significance.

Open to the public free of charge, the ORNC is dedicated to the advancement of conservation, learning and providing enjoyment for everyone. We put great emphasis on creating an unrivalled visitor experience and generating wide support from surrounding communities.

The American Friends of the Old Royal Naval College (AFORNC) is an international group of individuals who share an interest in the ORNC’s diverse history and it’s broader vision and goals. The AFORNC’s primary aim is to strengthen the ORNC’s international presence and encourage the American public to engage with this leading cultural institution.

The AFORNC is an independent charitable organisation which is recognised by the US Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt entity described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the AFORNC are deductible for US tax purposes to the extent permitted by law.

There are three levels of support:

Wren Circle $10,000

• Invitation for two to the annual President’s Dinner, hosted by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO in the spectacular surroundings of the Painted Hall.
• Assistance from the ORNC in planning special gallery/museum visits while visiting London.
• And all benefits as below.

Thornhill Circle $5,000

Enjoy special opportunities when visiting the ONRC, which may include exclusive lectures, private views and ‘behind the scenes’ tours.
• Recognition on donor boards on site.
• And all benefits as below.

Hawksmoor Circle $2,500

A private tour of the ORNC conducted by our curator or experienced guides.
• Enjoy special events in the US as part of the bi-annual ORNC visit to America.
• Recognition in annual reports and on the ORNC website.
• Discount in the ORNC shop.

Download a President’s Circle leaflet and Donation Form for further information

For more information about joining the AFORNC, please call +44 (0)20 8269 4742, or email

Thank you!

Donations to the AFORN can be made in the following ways:


Checks should be made payable to the American Friends of the Old Royal Naval College and returned to:
Development Department, American Friends of the Old Royal Naval College, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, London SE10 9LW, UK

Wire Transfer

ABA Number: 011500120
S.W.I.F.T. code: CTZIUS33
Account Name: American Friends of the ORNC, Inc
Account Number: 1321499571

For more information about joining the AFORNC, please call +44 (0)20 8269 4742 or email

US donors can join the President’s Circle annual membership and enjoy all the benefits of UK based patronage as well the opportunity to attend special ORNC events in America.

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