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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 2015, we will showcase some of the best of Hardman’s photographs of the people who inspired his work. From glamorous studio portraits of Liverpool socialites to the dramatic street photography of people and places that made up Hardmans’ Liverpool, our new exhibition ‘From Street to Studio’ features some of Hardman’s best known work such as the ‘Birth of the Ark Royal’ as well as items from our archive which have never before been displayed.

Back by popular demand, our second exhibition explores a fascinating time in Hardman's life that influenced his later photographic works.  In ‘A Photographer’s War; Hardman in India’ learn more about Edward’s time as a Gurkha soldier in India, during and after the First World War.

- 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.

Beyond the ropes

Do you have a few spare hours each week and want to learn more about the work we do? 

From vital conservation work to room guiding, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Email us for a registration form.

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"Fascinating step back in time"

"One of the best!"

"Fabulous time capsule"

We'd like to know what you enjoyed about your visit. Did you like the cluttered kitchen? What about the darkrooms, could you work in there?

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
  • 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.

Living Memory

Some of our visitors are lucky enough to have had their portraits taken by Hardman or to have known the Hardmans personally. We want to collect as much information as possible, did you have a similar experience?

Help Carruthers

At over 90 years old, Carruthers the leopard is looking a bit weary after being used as a studio prop. With a wobbly tooth and loose fur, we're hoping to raise a massive £1,000 to conserve him for the future. Buy your ticket at reception, for a chance to win £10,000.


Grab a print


Fancy your own Hardman print? With over 1,000 images online, you can order your favourite photograph directly from NTPrints.

'Turn of the Tide', currently on display in our 'From Street to Studio' exhibition, was captured near Formby.