Jackson Studios


Jackson Studios

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. The Museum has exciting plans to rebuild this unique piece of history. Read about our Jackson Studio Plans

Public Consultation Day

On Saturday, 23rd March, 2019, between 10am and 2pm, we are holding a public consultation day about out plans for the recording studios.

The consultation will take place in the Museum’s Astleham cottage (the rest of the Museum will remain closed). Everyone is welcome to attend.

We have an exciting project to reconstruct Jackson Recording Studios at the Museum. We are particularly interested to chat to local community groups who think they could benefit from the project and community space. We want honest feedback on our ideas and suggestions. We’d welcome any community support on the project as well as partnerships. Find out more

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.

Our Crowdfunding project

A few years ago we kick started our project to reconstruct Jackson Studios at the Museum with a crowdfunding project. We raised some funds which have enabled us to develop our plans further. The crowdfunding project is no longer active but you can watch our promotional video.

The Jackson Family

The Studios were donated to the Museum by the Jackson family who have shared many wonderful stories and memories about the studios with the Museum. Here are John and Malcolm Jackson talking about the studios at the Summer Jazz Picnic fundraising event in June 2013.

Further information

If you would like further information, to donate or to get involved in our Jackson Studios project then please contact Gill Whitehead, Development Officer development@coam.org.uk or Helen Light, Marketing Manager marketing@coam.org.uk or call the Museum office on 01494 871 117.

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