u3a - Photographing a major conservation project

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The midway point has been reached in a unique Shared Learning Project between U3A members and the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich - one of the world’s greatest heritage destinations.

The Old Royal Naval College has embarked on a major conservation project of the Painted Hall, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Old Royal Naval College is cleaning and conserving the Painted Hall walls and ceiling to return clarity of colour and vibrancy to Sir James Thornhill’s 300 year old masterpiece.

Eight U3A photographers, selected from U3As around London, have been recording in pictures the volunteers, staff, contractors and members of the public who are involved in the project as it happens.

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The Painted Hall is open to the UK Public for ceiling tours from 21st October until summer 2018.

Shared Learning Projects (SLPs) involve a team of U3A members, often from different U3As, who come together to explore or research a specific topic usually with an outside organisation. SLPs are at the heart of the U3A movement's commitment to Life Long Learning and collaborative working.

Shared Learning Project coordinator Roger Mead from London South East U3A said, “This is a very interesting project because we are not looking at the ceiling but at the workers making the project happen, capturing the moments, the hard work and commitment of everyone involved. The photographers are also learning much about their art from taking on this project. We are working towards an exhibition next year”