Saving art for the nation


Senior Paintings Conservator at Royal Museums Greenwich, Elizabeth Hamilton-Eddy, discusses the restoration of this important portrait in our video.

How we fund art and culture in the UK will be central to our discussions at Future Cities Forum's Art Investment and Cities event to be held at RIBA on 25th January 2018.

Currently hanging in the Queen's House, Greenwich, is one of the famous trio of Armada portraits of Elizabeth I, which has been saved for the nation - partly through a highly successful public donation programme - and therefore this is a key story that we are discussing at our forum.

A major public appeal by the Art Fund and Royal Museums Greenwich, attracting 8,000 donations totalling £1.5 million helped the museum acquire this particular Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I (there is another similar Armada painting hanging in the National Portrait Gallery and also one at Woburn Abbey) with the additional grant of £7.4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

We have been extremely privileged to record on film Senior Paintings Conservator at Royal Museums Greenwich, Elizabeth Hamilton-Eddy, describing the important restoration of the portrait which has added financial and educational value to the work. Please watch the video of her above.

Sir David Starkey campaigned to save the painting and Sir Roy Strong said 'Such an icon of England should not leave the country and for it to find its final resting place on the walls of the museum that celebrates our maritime heritage would seem only rig