Art, Charity and the Navy: The Greenwich and Foundling Hospitals

This day symposium will explore similarities in the origins, artistic involvement and philanthropic purpose of two eighteenth-century charitable hospitals with strong ties to maritime Britain: the Foundling Hospital, the first children’s charity in Britain, founded in 1730s by Captain Thomas Coram, a shipwright in the American colonies, and the Greenwich Royal Hospital for Seamen, established by royal charter in 1694 and from 1712 incorporated a school for the orphans of sailors.

Conservation of Historic Interiors Symposium

The Queen’s House, part of Royal Museums Greenwich, has recently reopened to the public after a £3M restoration project. Designed by Inigo Jones for James I’s queen, Anne of Denmark, it is the first Palladian style building in the country. A significant part of the project was the conservation of the King’s Presence Chamber and the painted ceiling in the Queen’s Presence Chamber. 
 
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