The iconic Armada Portrait was acquired in 2016 and became part of the world-class art collection of Royal Museums Greenwich. The Armada Portrait has since been taken off display in order to undergo essential conservation work.
In this film series, we explore the process of conservation and follow the story of an icon as Elizabeth I is restored and preserved for visitors to enjoy for years to come.
The restored Armada Portrait is now on display for free in the Queen's House.
The Queen's House is part of Royal Museums Greenwich which also incorporates the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark, sharing stories from the sea to the stars.
The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I was acquired with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund, Linbury Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Headley Trust and other major donors, together with contributions from over 8000 members of the public following a joint appeal with Art Fund.
We asked Franklin exhibition curators and experts to tell us about their favourite items from the Death In The Ice exhibition.
In 1845 Franklin and 128 crewmen sailed from England in search of the North-West Passage through the Arctic. The men and their two ships, Erebus and Terror, would never return. They disappeared in what has been an enduring mystery, which we are only now starting to unravel.
In 2014 the wreck of Erebus was discovered under the Arctic ice, followed by the discovery of Terror in 2016. The Death In The Ice exhibition at London's National Maritime Museum displays items recovered from the ships - many on display for the first time.
These items along with other art, artefacts and curiosities help to piece together the story of Franklin and his lost men.