A new musuem will use moving images to celebrate the stars of the silver screen.

Elstree Screen Heritage has unveiled plans to dedicate a permanent exhibition of the area’s rich cinematic past in the soon to be opened Elstree and Borehamwood Museum.

The display, which will be unveiled later this year at 96 Shenley Road, will centre ontwo television screens.

On one, visitors will be able to choose clips and slideshows from some of the famous film and television programmes made in the borough - from Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail, which was Britain's earliest "all-talkie”  and Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, to EastEnders and The Muppet Show.

The other will showcase highlights of interviews with film and TV veterans carried out for The Elstree Project, a partnership between Elstree Screen Heritage and staff and students from the University of Hertfordshire's School of Creative Arts.

Hertsmere Borough Council has given £3,000 towards creating the exhibition through its community grants scheme.

Councillor Brenda Batten, portfolio holder for leisure, culture and health, said she was excited at the opportunity to show off the area’s rich film and TV heritage in “glorious technicolour.”

She added: “If a picture tells a hundred words, then moving images can say so much more.

“The area’s film and TV heritage is a great source of pride for residents and a huge magnet for visitors from across the world.

“This exhibition will be a wonderful addition to the new museum, and ensure we preserve the area’s past for its future generations.”

The museum will also host a two-month long temporary exhibition on Elstree and Borehamwood’s screen heritage next year to mark 100 years of film, TV and digital media production in the borough.

Chairman of Elstree Screen Heritage Paul Welsh added: “The exhibition will celebrate the unique heritage of motion picture production in Elstree and Borehamwood which continues today with the highly successful Elstree Studios and BBC Elstree Centre. 

"Elstree Screen Heritage is proud to lead the efforts to preserve and celebrate this heritage and the exhibition will give a glimpse into this fascinating legacy.”

The museum is set to move from its current home in Drayton Road to a purpose built space on the second floor of the new community facility in Shenley Road later this year.

Honorary curator Alan Lawrence said: “The new museum is dedicated to the local history of the borough.

“The name of Elstree is known worldwide because of the studios so it is important for us to include the local TV and film industry in our coverage.”