The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich is undergoing a major transformation over the next two years. This early eighteenth century baroque masterpiece was painted by Sir James Thornhill and has been described as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’. The project includes conservation to the building and its artworks and a reworking of how visitors experience the Painted Hall and the site as a whole.
The Painted Hall Project is a wonderful opportunity to affect a step change in our welcome for visitors. We are seeking to deepen our expertise, in particular in provision for blind and partially-sighted visitors, visitors with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) and people for whom English is not their mother tongue (ESOL).
In 2017, we are setting up three volunteer panels to help us with our programming and interpretation for these groups: an Access Advisory Panel; an ESOL Sounding Board and a SEND Sounding Board. Members of these groups will get all the benefits of being a volunteer with us and will play a key role in delivering this exciting project, one of the most ambitious open conservation programmes ever undertaken.
We ask for an interest in making cultural organisations accessible and a commitment to attend four meetings over the next twelve months.
Register here for our taster event on 17 May to find out more about the project, what the roles involve and how to apply. This is a great chance to chat informally to some of our friendly team and enjoy an accessible tour of the Painted Hall. Refreshments will be provided.
There is level access throughout and the tour will be audio described. If you have any questions about this event please contact Anne Burton, Volunteer Manager, on: email@example.com, 020 8269 4794.
Please meet at the Visitor Centre when you arrive. Click here for a map and information on how to get here.