Essential Information

Location
Queen's House
Date and Times 25 October - 3 December | 11am-4pm, Monday-Saturday
Prices Free

In the building where the painting was first started, a masterpiece is being restored to its former glory – and you can watch as it happens.

Visit the Queen's House to experience Conservation in Action.

See conservators work on one of the largest paintings in the collection and discover how they confront centuries of deterioration with care, craft and precision.

Plus find out more about the van de Veldes, the father-son duo who helped to transform British maritime art.

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Plan your visit

Tickets and Opening

Free entry
Advance booking recommended

25 October - 3 December 2021

Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm

  • Greenwich Station
  • Cutty Sark DLR
  • Maze Hill Station
  • Greenwich Pier

Who were the van de Veldes?

Willem van de Velde the Younger came to Greenwich from Amsterdam in 1672/3 with his father, marine artist Willem van de Velde the Elder.

They received a salary from Charles II and were given use of a studio in the Queen’s House. A Royal Visit to the Fleet was probably started in the 1670s, and finished more than a decade later. 

The painting is a panoramic depiction of Charles II's visit to the English fleet in 1672. When painted, it was one of the most ambitious seascapes ever attempted.

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Conservation in Action is open Monday-Saturday from 25 October - 3 December 2021. Click the ticket link below and book your free visit.

Queen's House

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  • Guided route
  • Faces of a Queen exhibition
  • Woburn Treasures exhibition
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