See the ceiling of the Painted Hall up-close

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This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the ceiling of the Painted Hall up-close whilst it undergoes restoration.

The Painted Hall was begun by Sir James Thornhill in 1707, and by the time he was finished 19 years later he had turned it into one of the spectacular interiors in Europe.

The accessions to the throne of William III and Mary II in 1688 and George I in 1714 are its chief themes, but Thornhill also told the story of political change, the country's scientific, cultural and naval achievements, all set against a series of magnificent backdrops.

The room is currently undergoing a major conservation project, which means it's not quite as spectacular as it normally appears (it's covered in scaffolding and screens), but they're allowing visitors to climb up 60 feet to a special observation deck and experience the drama of this masterpiece up close!


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