Plan to resurrect home of dead sound
Open air museum wants to save Jackson Studio
A MUSEUM is turning to crowdfunding to return a pile of bricks to its former glory – as the birthplace of iconic British sound.
The Chiltern Open Air Museum, in Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles is aiming to raise at least £7,000 in funding to pay for specialist building heritage professionals to assess the bricks and create a plan to resurrect The Jackson Studios.
It is anticipated that the studios could cost up to a million pounds to rebuild and could take several years.
It will launch the crowdfunding drive on March 28.
The attraction specialises in rescuing and reconstructing historic buildings, but is run as a charity.
The building, from Maple Cross, dates back to 1745 and was used as a recording studio by Jack Jackson, who had made radio shows for BBC and television up to 1963.
It was later used as a recording studio, becoming famous for its ‘dead sound’. British acts that recorded in the original studio, include Motorhead, who recorded Ace of Spades and Elton John who used it for his earliest recordings, as well as Dr Feelgood, Eddie and the Hotrods, Ian Dury and Tom Robinson.
To make donations to the cause people can visit the museum website.
Those who donate will be given ‘incentives’ ranging from T-shirts, sponsoring a brick, to family visits to the attraction and an overnight stay in the Iron Age Roundhouse.
Sue Shave, Museum Director said: “There is so much history beneath those walls; the Jackson Studio project would be a fantastic benefit for music enthusiasts to enjoy and the local community to see where some music magic started. Our children are growing up in a world of digital sound so the studios, in the museum setting, would be a great source for them to explore analogue music and it’s raw sound.”
To get involved email email@example.com. uk.
ICONIC: Motorhead at The Jackson Studios