It’s not hard to be inspired by all the brilliant things that happened here and how they link to the present day and the brilliant things happening here right now. Like the records that were made here the story of The Old Vinyl Factory is circular, future informed the past and the past informs the future, and the more you dig the more you realise how special this place is.To music-lovers of the 1960s and 1970s, Hayes was the centre of the record-making universe. A place the world listened to. This was where vinyl was made. It was here a century ago that an artist arrived with a painting of a dog listening to a gramophone - a painting that would go on to become, for His Master’s Voice, one of the most recognisable trademarks of all time. LPs and singles by Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Queen and other EMI artists were mastered, pressed, packed and dispatched from here until well into the 1980s. Printed on the back of them all, the legend, ‘Hayes – Middlesex – England’ became a familiar sight the world over.And this wasn’t just a pressing plant; it was a global hotspot of technological innovation. In scientific and technological circles, EMI’s Central Research Laboratory (CRL) was a phenomenon, snapping up the brightest recruits and launching life-changing innovations at an amazing rate. Advances here were made in radar, computing, broadcasting and medical science. Some of the first computers were made here, for generations the nation’s most popular TV sets were built here.Inspired by this history of innovation, we’ve brought it back with an updated CRL – giving space and resources to a new wave of makers and entrepreneurs to build the products and grow new businesses.It’s just the start of a new story for this magnificent place.