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Old Royal Naval College - new audiences

One of four paintings of the Old Royal Naval College by artist Rob Pointon - now in the Admiral's House Greenwich

Chief Executive of Old Royal Naval College, Angela McConville, has been speaking to us about her ambition to place ORNC much more at the centre of cultural awareness across local, regional and international communities.

"I have three major aims beyond delivering the conservation and restoration of the James Thornhill's wonderful Painted Hall on time. My team is reaching out in some very innovative ways to the local community and those with dementia, English language needs and hearing impairments. I am also determined to get another 35,000 people up on the platform to view the UK's largest painted ceiling - to experience top quality conservation in action, before it is finished. This is a once in a generation opportunity for visitors to get a unique perspective.

'Thirdly, I am looking at new ways to animate and open up the parts of the 17 acre estate on the river Thames that have not been experienced by the public and which is so close to Central London. The Summer Music Time festival and Winter Time festival have been very successful in attracting new audiences beyond "high art" and purely classical music.'

Angela will be speaking at our Future Cities 'Art and Investment' Forum on 25th January at RIBA, London.

Please watch her interview below where she describes the future of funding for this historic site.

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