Painted Ceiling Experiences

Daily, 10:30-12:00 only
Key Stage 2 and 3: History, art, science, geography

Maximum of 32 pupils

The 40,000 square feet of the Painted Hall ceiling, Sir James Thornhill's masterpiece, are being conserved - offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience for teachers and pupils.

Between June 2017 and December 2019, we are offering an unmissable opportunity to bring your pupils face to face with the Painted Hall Ceiling for the first time in 300 years. After their safety briefing, pupils will put on hard hats and high-vis tabards and ascend 60ft to our observation deck to marvel at the Painted Ceiling up close. Once on the observation deck, they will participate in a dynamic, curriculum-linked workshop that explores the characters, history and conservation of this incredible work of art.

Because numbers are limited, we anticipate high demand, so book now to avoid disappointment.

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AS/A2 Archaeology study day

11am-4pm, £10.30 per student, minimum 14 students.

Historic Royal Palaces Tower of London has teamed up with the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich to offer a joint study day for A-level Archaeology students. Students will be inspired as they go behind the scenes and explore methods of practical archaeology.

See HRP website for full details, dates, and how to book.

Art at the ORNC

Key stage 3, 4 or 5: Art and Design

The ORNC site offers a wide variety of sketching and drawing opportunities. Bring your class for a self-led visit to be inspired by our world famous architecture and iconic views.

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Curator for a Day

Key Stage 3: Historical enquiry skills, local studies, teamwork


This session gives students the chance to curate their own display, deciding which items they would include to tell the story of the Old Royal Naval College site. Using a variety of evidence – maps, images and objects – students learn about the people who worked and lived here and explore the historical importance of the local area.

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