Film Heritage

Film Heritage Strand of the Heritage Hub is launching in 2023.

It is led by Dr Sam George and Dr Steven Adams

What is Film and Screen heritage at the UH Heritage Hub?

Our new Film Heritage Strand will contribute to the promotion of Hertfordshire as a site for film industry and heritage and promote our expertise in film and TV to the region’s world-leading hub of film and TV studios.

It will build on the connections made by the Heritage Hub through the Herts, Camera Action! project funded by the Government Community Renewal fund, and delivered in partnership with Visit Herts, and the Hertfordshire Growth Hub.

The working lives of those who were involved in the industry, its buildings, and not least the archive of Film and TV programmes makes the region, its people and culture, a rich source of heritage.

The new Film Heritage Strand draws on a long established project by Howard Berry on the oral histories of the studios at Elstree.

From Hollywood to Hertfordshire

The Film and TV industry around Hertfordshire has been an important part of the region’s history for over a century.

The Hammer Horror classics and the first three Star Wars and Indiana Jones films were all filmed at Elstree Studios, founded in 1925.

‘The Making of Harry Potter’ is a walk-through exhibition and studio tour in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, owned by Warner Bros.

Hertfordshire is still home to a growing Film and TV sector; it has attracted over £3.7 billion of new private sector investment in the past 12 months. In Hertfordshire location filming is worth £20 million to the local economy annually.

We might think of this as ‘Hollywood in Hertfordshire'.