Essential Information

Type Exhibitions
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

When can I see Conservation in Action?

Conservation in Action runs from 25 October - 3 December 2021. Conservators are expected to be working on the painting Monday-Saturday from 11am-4pm, although timings may vary.

Where is it taking place?

The painting is located in the van de Velde Studio of the Queen's House. The room is located on the south side of the building on the ground floor. Download the floorplan below to help guide you, or ask for assistance from any of our staff and volunteers.

Tickets and prices

The Queen's House gallery and exhibitions are free, but you must have a timed entry ticket to visit. We recommend booking online in advance to avoid disappointment.

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COVID-19: information for visitors

As restrictions in England ease, we want to ensure that all our visitors, staff and volunteers still feel safe and comfortable when exploring our sites.

Many of our COVID-19 safety measures will remain in place, including enhanced cleaning, safe distancing and ticketed entry. We highly recommend wearing a face covering at all indoor venues and enclosed spaces.

We hope you will support us in these measures.

How we're keeping visitors safe

Queen's House closures

Occasionally some room closures may affect your visit to the Queen's House. 

For full details of affected dates, click here.

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

With grateful thanks

A Royal Visit to the Fleet is conserved with Art Fund support in 2019, along with the following: Arts Scholars, The Aurelius Charitable Trust, John S Cohen Foundation, The Golden Bottle Trust, Golsoncott Foundation, Girdlers’ Company, The Hartnett Conservation Trust, Charles Hayward Foundation, Historic Houses Foundation, Idlewild Trust, The Leche Trust, The Radcliffe Trust and a private individual donor.

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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.

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