The Painted Hall reopens its doors
The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich has reopened after a two-year National Lottery Funded conservation project which has brought its magnificent painted interior vividly back to life. As Surveyor of the Fabric, Martin Ashley Architects has supported Hugh Broughton Architects on this transformational project.
The Painted Hall has been referred to as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’ – its vast decorated interior, extending to 4,000 square metres, is the masterpiece of English baroque art. The £8.5-million conservation project, supported by a £3.1-million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, has reversed years of decay and conserved the Painted Hall for generations to come. Its reopening is part of a major transformation project that will also see the reopening of the King William Undercroft. Situated below the Painted Hall, the newly restored Undercroft space now houses a new café, shop and interpretation gallery, The Sackler Gallery.
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