Conservation
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‘Ceiling tours’ of Greenwich's Painted Hall to launch this spring

by Emily Sharpe  |  28 February 2017
‘Ceiling tours’ of Greenwich's Painted Hall to launch this spring
Paintings cover 3,400 sq. m of the Painted Hall (Image: © Belinda Lawley)
This spring, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich is offering “ceiling tours” of its Painted Hall. The English artist James Thornhill decorated the hall between 1708 and 1727, receiving a further commission to create works for the dome of another Christopher Wren-designed building in London, St Paul’s Cathedral. Conservators are currently treating the hall, which is covered in 3,400 sq. m of paintings, as part of a refurbishment project that includes a new visitor centre and café. From April, visitors can watch the conservation, thanks to the installation of a lift. Around £2m is still needed to complete the £8.5m revamp.

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