Hemswell Cliff Building – thanks

Photo of Hemswell Cliff building

We have had lots of help so far with our new building at Hemswell Cliff – if you feel that you can help us, please contact us at this email address.

We’d like to thank (in no particular order):

  • Lee Musson – glazing
  • Jamie Hill of “First Cut” – hedge cutting
  • Sam Beirne of “Otter Roofing” – chimney and roof work
  • Ashley Barker of “ADB Builders” – installation of water pipe
  • Fearn Plant – grounds work
  • TFM hire – waste shredder
  • Carlton Bradley of Cliff Bradley and Sons, funeral directors – PPE, cleaning supplies and assistance
  • BBC Wood Norton and Park Western – donation of equipment
  • Chelmsford City Museum – donation of equipment
  • Helen Casey – tools and equipment
  • Basil Bara – CCTV equipment
  • The estate of David Bennett – CCTV equipment and tools
  • Rob Harvey – loan of scaffold towers
  • Peter Farrant – grounds work, guttering and drainpipes
  • The estate of David Caroline – TV and other equipment
  • Northern Powergrid – furniture, fixtures and fittings
  • Warner Bros London – donation of equipment
  • Harefield Hospital Television – donation of equipment
  • Hemswell Residents Company – advice and support
  • Hemswell Cliff Parish Council – advice and support
  • West Lindsey District Council – advice and support
  • Mark Bloor and Bill Pugh – WiFi and network equipment
  • Myra Ranson – donation of equipment

Hemswell Cliff building

Photo of Hemswell Cliff building

This is our largest project to date, and it’s not an OB truck or a generator!

As we stated in our recent press release, we have bought a building at Hemswell Cliff near Lincoln to house our collection of historically significant broadcasting equipment.

The building was originally the Sergeants’ Mess at the former RAF Hemswell, built in the 1930s. We have almost 30,000 square feet of floor space set in 2 acres of grounds. Many of the other former RAF buildings nearby are now the largest antiques centre in Europe.

After its days as a sergeants mess parts of the building have been used  as a pub (The Gunners Arms) and a community centre. It’s been empty and  neglected for about ten years.

The main building as seen in July 2021
The west wing as seen in August 2021
The east wing as seen in August 2021

There is a two-storey main block, a pair of two-storey wings and a single storey annexe. We have three large halls plus around 100 smaller  rooms which range from large cupboards to garages.

Rear view of one of the halls
Rear view of one of the other halls

Various people and organisations have supported us so far in our efforts, you can see them on the “thanks” page and, if you can help, there is an email address to contact us.

The University of Lincoln brought their Matterport camera and produced a walk-through of part of our building, this can be seen on the Hemswell Tour page.

Further photographs will be uploaded soon, so that you can see our progress as we restore this historic building.