Five good reasons to support the proscenium arch


1. Bring back the shine to the proscenium arch

The lustre of the Painted Hall’s proscenium arch is obscured by years of dirt and grime. The last conservation work was over 50 years ago, and painstaking conservation and cleaning work is required in order to make this arch shimmer once more. Your donations will help make this happen!

2. Conserve a piece of history

It was beneath this arch that thousands of mourners gathered to attend the lying in state of Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson in January 1806, following his death at the Battle of Trafalgar. Widely reported at the time for the sheer numbers that attended, this moment represented an important moment in Nelson’s transformation into a legendary national hero in the British imagination. By donating to this campaign, you will be conserving an important part of Britain’s maritime history.

3. The Painted Hall restored for all to enjoy

The proscenium arch is the centrepiece of the Painted Hall, standing between the lower and upper halls and framing the monumental composition 'The Golden Age Returned' on the West Wall, which depicts King George I and his court triumphantly landing in Greenwich ahead of the monarch’s coronation. The works on the proscenium arch will constitute a vital phase of the wider conservation of the Painted Hall, which will be completed by 2019.

4. Earn beautiful, limited edition rewards

Donors to the campaign will have the opportunity to earn great rewards. We’ve created a unique line-up of rewards ranging from limited edition collectables to prints and workshops. The top reward is a scaffolding tour led by our head conservator, allowing the donor and their guests to see the restoration of the Painted Hall up close, following a boat ride and champagne on the river Thames.

5. Be part of something bigger*

As well as getting one of our exciting rewards, donors will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have supported one of the largest-scale conservation projects happening in the UK right now. Over 4,200 square metres of painted surface make the Painted Hall the largest painting in Europe and the work is one of Britain’s greatest interiors. By donating to this project, you can help this majestic, historic monument shine for years to come!

*The re-gilding the proscenium arch project, is one part of a wider £7million conservation plan to restore the Painted Hall at Old Royal Naval College.

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