The venue has confirmed details of what visitors can expect when they are able to visit this year.

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The Old Royal Naval College have announced details of what visitors can expect once it is safe to reopen its doors the public once more.

Following the success when it was displayed over the Summer last year, UK artist Luke Jerram’s monumental sculpture Gaia will return in 2021. Created using NASA imagery, this internally-lit sculpture is a scale replica of Earth, which slowly rotates in the magnificent Painted Hall.

Meanwhile, visitors will also be able to uncover the fascinating history of Black mariners in the Royal Navy and Greenwich through the Black Greenwich Pensioners exhibition, which was co-curated by British Black heritage expert S. I. Martin and is being extended due to the current closure.

Elsewhere, illustrator Nick Ellwood, whose work features in the
Painted Hall Family Trail, will have an exhibition from March. Titled Mischief and Misadventure: Exploring the history of the Old Royal Naval College with award-winning illustrator Nick Ellwood, the display will contain original artworks and illustrations from his booklets, inspired by the art in the Painted Hall. Alongside the exhibition will be drawing workshops for childrenand adults, interactive and digital demonstrations and the launch of a new Old Royal Naval College activity book available from the Painted Hall shop.

The spring will see visitors being able to take walk around the grounds with performer Laura Mugridge as stories drawn from people connections to the Old Royal Naval College unfold in Up, Down & Beyond. Along the journey there will be music, comedy, stories and the walk will end with a silent disco.

Meanwhile, families can have fun by exploring an adventure-filled Easter Egg trail through the grounds in April. Inspired by the incredible surroundings and the naval history of Greenwich, the Easter Egg
trail will see children embark on a quest to solve clues and find letters spelling out a winning word for a prize Easter Egg.

Across the Summer, the Old Royal Naval College will welcome back its summer festival series sees the grounds and buildings brought to life
with spectacular events including the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) and Luna Cinema.

All of the events will comply with government COVID-19 restrictions.

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