Royal Air Force Museum project is the subject of BBC documentary
PUBLISHED: 13:01 13 April 2012 | UPDATED: 14:12 10 October 2012
The Royal Air Force Museum's Grahame-White Watch Office Restoration Project has been made the subject of an hour-long documentary, set to be broadcast on BBC2 this Friday.
The Royal Air Force Museum's Grahame-White
Watch Office Restoration Project has been made the subject of an hour-long
documentary, set to be broadcast on BBC2 this Friday.
The program covers the dismantling of the
building at its original site, the salvaging
of its original materials, its relocation to the Museum and its final
restoration – overcoming the challenges caused by a quarter of a century’s
decay and vandalism.
The Watch Office was built in 1915 and formed part of Grahame-White’s aircraft
factory. It originally housed Claude
Grahame-White's office, the company boardroom, the accounts department and the
Viewers will be guided through the restoration
process by architectural engineer Charlie Luxton, who will explore the
traditional crafts used in the project and the difficulties posed to the
restoration team by the building’s original method of construction. Rather than
correcting the mistakes made in the past, the project adhered to the original
drawings in order to reconstruct the Watch Office exactly as it was in its
Meanwhile, architectural historian Dan
Cruickshank will cover the history of the building, and reveal the stories of
some of the people who worked there. These include Claude Graham-White himself,
who planned to transform Hendon into an aviation hub – with the site occupied
by the Museum as the world’s first international airport – and was nearly
written from history by those who showed little respect for his achievements.
Viewers can catch the BBC2 program at 9pm
on Good Friday.
The Claude Grahame-White Watch Office and
Hangar is open daily from 10am to 6pm and – like the rest of the Royal Air
Force Museum - is free to visit here for more details about the project.