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.

Project News


  • Placing the Obelisk

    Standing proudly inside the entrance to the King William Undercroft, an obelisk, designed and created by the 2017-18 students on the Banker Masonry course at the Building Crafts College, is on permanent display. Read more

  • The Final Furlong

    With the most comprehensive conservation project in the Painted Hall’s history now close to completion, the extensive scaffolding has been dismantled, with the final touches taking place... Read more

  • Hidden inscriptions deciphered!

    Watch as conservator Sam Whittaker helps us decode historic graffiti discovered on the Painted Hall ceiling. Read more

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