In 2013 the ORNC completed the first phase of a major conservation project which saw the upper hall ceiling and west wall of Sir James Thornhill’s 18th-century Painted Hall restored to their original glory. We are now embarking on the next phase of this ambitious project and over the next three years will clean and conserve the remaining 3,700m2 of the Painted Hall, focusing on the lower hall and vestibule while converting the King William Undercroft into a place to welcome visitors and provide interpretation.

Work is scheduled to begin in 2016 but, as a charity, we rely on philanthropic donations to help fund our vital work to conserve, preserve and interpret the ORNC buildings and grounds for present and future generations.

How you can help

Making a major gift

Major donors can choose to support the Painted Hall conservation project at a range of levels, and even sponsor a specific area of the Painted Hall. In return for your support you will join a welcoming group of likeminded individuals and enthusiasts, and gain an exclusive insight into the fascinating world of art history and architecture through a series of bespoke events.
The Painted Hall conservation project also offers a range of naming opportunities. A major gift can be acknowledged either in your name or in honour of someone else, ensuring your generosity is recognised in perpetuity.

If you are interested in making a gift to the ORNC, or would like further information about ways to support our work, please contact us on 020 8269 4742 or email

Lower Hall ceiling – cracking detail    Lower Hall ceiling – blanching of varnish layer
Left: Lower Hall ceiling  – cracking detail
Right: Lower Hall ceiling – blanching of varnish layer. 

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