If you want to film on any of the University of Greenwich or Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) grounds, you may need to obtain permission from one or more departments. It is best to factor in a 2-week response time into your workflow so it is more likely your location permission will be granted in time for your shoot—and if not, you have time to secure another location.
The following guides will help you establish what to do and who to contact for each location.
1. Identify where you would like to film
🏛️ Old Royal Naval College: University of Greenwich, Park Row, London SE10 9LS (See Map)
🏢 Greenwich Stockwell Street: 10 Stockwell Street – Greenwich, London SE10 9BD (See Map)
🏫 Avery Hill – Mansion Site: Bexley Road, Eltham, London SE9 2PQ (See Map)
🌳 Avery Hill – Southwood Site: Avery Hill Road, Eltham, London SE9 2UG (See Map)
🎭 Bathway Theatre: The Old Baths, Woolwich, London SE18 6QX (Getting to Bathway)
⛵ Medway Campus: Central Ave, Gillingham, Chatham ME4 4TB (See Map)
Looking for the opening hours of each University building? Visit this page for updated information.
2. Learn how to book your chosen location
- Filming in Halls
- Filming in the libraries
- Book a studio in Stockwell Street
- Book a location in the Old Royal Naval College
- Book a teaching space in Greenwich, Avery Hill, and Medway
- Book any other “non-teaching space”
3. Gather your material
Before contacting those responsible for any of the locations listed here, check our list of things to remember before making a booking request.
4. Book, Show up, and Enjoy Filming!
Filming in halls
If you are filming in your own room or a communal area (such as kitchen, corridor, etc) you will need to complete a risk assessment but will not need location permissions. It is good practice to inform and politely check with others who use the communal space if it is okay to do so.
However, if you are filming in a hall’s public space (such as The Dome in Avery Hill) you will require permission from Greenwich Facilities.
Filming in the libraries
To film in any of the university libraries, you will need permission from the staff at the library you want to film in. See below for the contacts of each library. And don’t forget to mention the information in this checklist when making your request.
📍 Where: Avery Hill, Greenwich, and Medway Campuses
💡 How: Head here to find the general enquiries contacts for each library, as well as opening hours and extra info.
Booking a Studio in Stockwell Street Building
📍 Where: All studios are located in 10 Stockwell Street (Greenwich). Except for Sound Studios 1 and 2 which are located in King William’s Building KW208 and KW206 (Greenwich).
💡 How: Unless you are requesting a TV Studio, you can make your booking via Siso.
Are you booking a TV studio? These bookings are assessed on a case-by-case basis by FTV Support staff. Head here to find the TV Studios opening hours and how to book one.
Book a location in the Old Royal Naval College (Greenwich Foundation)
📍 Where: Old Royal Naval College (ORNC), Park Row, London SE10 9LS
💡 How: Initiate a conversation with firstname.lastname@example.org attaching a picture of the space you would like to reserve.
The Greenwich Foundation is the charity that looks after the Old Royal Naval College. They are the landlords for all ORNC ground, except for Dreadnought and the fenced area surrounding Dreadnought.
The ORNC is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a long and celebrated 500-year history. Its highly listed buildings have delicate interiors that require protection from the ‘modern world’ (i.e. chemicals and liquids).
Book a teaching space in Greenwich, Avery Hill, and Medway
📍 Where: Book a specific “teaching” room in Greenwich, Avery Hill or Medway (i.e. lecture theatres, seminar rooms, medical training rooms, computer labs, etc).
💡 How: Contact the Design School at email@example.com including all the information in this room booking checklist.
If you are filming in any of these spaces, you will need security clearance for visitors (i.e. actors or chaperones). To obtain Visitor Clearance, email the School of Design with full names, contact number, age, the reason for visiting, time, duration and dates.
Remember that room availability is scarce, especially on weekdays. Only contact the School of Design staff once you have recced* the room. Your recce will determine if a room fits your requirements. The admin team at the Design School have not seen every room and may not be able to advise on size and capabilities. Your student card gives you access to all campus but not all rooms. Therefore, check if you need someone to give you access to a specific room by speaking to security in that building or location (even better if you ask them in advance).
*A recce is a pre-filming visit to a location to determine if the location is suitable.
Book any other “non-teaching space”
📍 Where: Anywhere that is not a “teaching space”, i.e. corridors, lifts, stairwells, communal public areas and external areas.
💡 How: Ask for filming permission from firstname.lastname@example.org
Once Facilities staff have granted you permission to film, they will email you and the relevant security personnel.
If you are filming in any of these spaces, you will need security clearance for visitors (i.e. actors or chaperones). To obtain Visitor Clearance, email email@example.com with full names, contact number, age, the reason for visiting, time, duration and dates. Email conversations can involve multiple stakeholders, so remember to CC the people you want to keep informed, including your crew members if necessary.