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Step back in time to the 1950s in this fascinating home and photographic studio

Explore the contrasting sides of this house: the neat, professional, spacious business rooms and the cluttered, cramped living quarters of the renowned portrait photographer Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife Margaret. They lived and worked here for 40 years, keeping everything and changing nothing.

The business focused on professional studio portraits but their real love was for vivid landscape images. Some of their huge collection of photographs is on display in the house, along with the equipment they used to take and develop the iconic images.

During 2014, we reveal a little more of what life was like away from the business. In our new exhibition ‘Travels with a Camera; the Hardmans on Holiday’ we take a tour through Margaret and Edward’s many holiday adventures. From sun dappled photographs of French cafes to dramatic shots of the British landscape, view holiday snaps with a difference.

In our second new exhibition we explore other travels that influenced Hardman’s life.  In ‘A Photographer’s War; Hardman in India’ learn more about Hardman’s time as a Gurkha soldier and how this experience influenced his photography.

- View a selection of evocative photographs of India and some rather unusual objects.

- Read Hardman’s fascinating memoir of his time as a soldier which was recently rediscovered in our archive.

- Discover more about Hardman’s family connection to India.

Go beyond the ropes

Do you have a few spare hours each week and want to learn more about the work we do? From conservation to room guiding, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Email us for a registration form.

Cellar closure

Due to vital conservation work being undertaken we've had to close our cellar for the rest of the year.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, our cellar will be open again from mid-March 2015.

 

Before you visit...

  • It's a bit cosy in the house, so it's best to book a place in advance as tours are limited to six people.
  • We run multiple tours per day between 11am and 3:30pm, lasting approximately 90 minutes.
  • To book a visit please call 0151 709 6261 after 10:30am Wed-Sat or email thehardmanshouse@nationaltrust.org.uk.
  • Please come to our visitor reception located at the back of the house on Pilgrim Street to book onto a tour or collect your tickets.
  • Our tours cover all four floors of this Georgian terraced house so please be aware there are quite a few stairs to climb. Seating is available in the majority of rooms.

What you've said

  • "What a magnificent collection and insight into the rarefied world of an eminent photographer. How lucky we are that this unusual and carefully preserved house has been saved. Thanks for the excellent tour and thorough knowledge of the guides." K. Sims
  • "A fantastic tour of a very interesting collection. An archive that retains its personal connections lovingly and brilliantly presented by the National Trust. What an amazing institution! Wonderful guides." P. Barber

Grab a print

Probably the most famous and iconic of Chambré Hardman’s photographs.

Why not grab your own Hardman print from our selection at reception.

With over 1,000 images online, you can also order your favourite photograph directly from NTPrints.

Save our cellar

Help us preserve our cellar and all it contains by buying a raffle ticket at reception and having the chance to win £10,000. All proceeds go towards buying specialist monitoring equipment for our cellar so we can preserve the life of our objects for longer.

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