Jackson Studios


 Jackson Studios Revisited

This pile of bricks is Jackson Studios, the birthplace of many iconic British sounds. We want to bring it back to life here at Chiltern Open Air Museum so that music fans, children and in fact everyone, can enjoy a trip down musical memory lane. The studio was used by Jack Jackson known as the ‘Father of DJs’ who made television and radio programmes for the BBC in the 1950s. It was then used by iconic recording artists Motorhead for the Ace of Spades, Elton John’s earliest recordings, Dr Feelgood, Eddie and the Hotrods, Ian Dury, Tom Robinson and many more. Chiltern Open Air Museum is seeking to rebuild this unique piece of history.

This is a long-term project and we now need to raise money for Phase III – seed funding for planning how to reconstruct the building and what it will offer the public. Imagine being the first band to record new sounds here! Investment is needed right now for Phase III: planning and the engagement of heritage professionals. Jackson Studios is a historic building dating back to 1745 and requires specialist input in its reconstruction. We need to progress this project now before the building elements deteriorate and whilst many of the musicians are still around, to capture their stories. Sponsorship opportunities are available!


If you would like to contribute to this exciting project, please use the DONATE button on this page for your generous donation – we are most grateful to you for anything you can give to help us with this unique project of international importance.

Text Giving

You can also Text donate by texting Jack10 £10 (or the amount that you wish to donate) and sending it to 70070.

Did you know?

  • The Jackson Studios building from Maple Cross dates back to 1745.
  • The building was used as a recording studio by Jack Jackson (1937-2000), “Father of DJs”.  He made radio programmes for BBC radio and TV up until 1963.
  • Michael Winner also made two films here in the early 50s.
  • The building was later used by the Jackson family as a recording studio, becoming famous for its ‘dead sound’.
  • Many iconic names in music industry recorded here, including Elton John, Motorhead, Ian Drury, Dr Feelgood, Eddie and the Hotrods, Tom Robinson and the New Seekers.

How do I get in touch with the Jackson Studios Revisited Team?

We’re here for you! Please call 01494 871117.  We’re also on Twitter @Jackson_studios and Facebook Jackson Recording Studios


For press enquiries please contact Helen Light marketing@coam.org.uk

Press Release-Museum crowdfunds to rebuild Jackson Studios

Here are John and Malcolm Jackson talking about the studios at the Summer Jazz Picnic fundraising event in June 2013:

Please note that 20% of all donations will be allocated to the Museum’s core funds because we are a registered charity and without the Museum, Jackson Studios simply would not survive.  It costs £1000 a day to run the Museum, covering a minimal staff team, essential insurance, rates, farm and building costs to name but a few unavoidable costs!  Thank you for your support.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Jackson Studios project or have made an online payment donation then please email our Development Manager, Sally McIver, development@coam.org.uk.

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