Thursday 24 March 2016

Sponsor a square foot of Painted Room restoration at Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College

Londoners are being asked to help fund a multi-million-pound restoration of the Painted Room at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
The hall, part of Greenwich’s Unesco World Heritage Site, was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor and opened in 1694. It was decorated by Sir James Thornhill be-tween 1708 and 1727 and has been de-scribed as “Britain’s Sistine Chapel”.
“Britain’s Sistine Chapel”: the Painted Room at the Old Royal Naval College

The Heritage Lottery Fund has provided £3 million and there have been gifts from private donors including The Sackler Trust.
However, the work needed on almost 40,000 square feet of paintings will cost about £8 million in total and the public are being encouraged to help by sponsoring a square foot.
The conservation work will be open to the public, with a temporary lift installed to enable access to scaffolding for tours. There are also plans for a new gallery and cafe.
Conservation director William Palin said the hall is one of “Britain’s greatest architectural and artistic treasures”. Work is set to begin in September and finish in early 2019.
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