Painted Hall Project

During 2017 and 2018 the Old Royal Naval College is 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.

From April 2017 visitors will have the opportunity to ascend 67 steps to a special observation deck and experience the drama of the vast lower hall ceiling up close. Painted Hall Ceiling Tours offer the chance to discover the painting’s hidden mysteries and learn about the new discoveries made as the project unfolds.

Project News


  • The proscenium arch conserved!

    Fascinating discoveries were made during the conservation of the Painted Hall's proscenium arch, which we crowdfunded for last year. Read more

  • Diana, Goddess of the Moon

    Nicola Macbeth explores the connection between the tides and the classical goddess Diana, depicted on the ceiling of the Painted Hall. Read more

  • Love and Marriage in the Painted Hall

    Deborah Seymour reveals how an arranged royal marriage turned into a genuine love match. Read more

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