The people behind the business
Edward Chambré Hardman
Renowned portrait and landscape photographer, Edward Chambré Hardman lived and worked at 59 Rodney Street for 40 years.
The photographic archive he left behind contains hundreds of thousands of photographs, prints, negatives, letters and business records.
Many famous faces passed through the studio to have their portraits taken, as well as thousands of ordinary people.
Although Edward was the better known half of the couple, Margaret was a gifted photographer in her own right. Acknowledged as the brains behind the business, he often said that he 'could not have done it without her'.
They made the perfect match. She was sparky; he was quiet. Their shared passion for photography drove the business and gave them many happy years together.
Burrell and Hardman served in the Army together in India. Looking for a profession beyond their Army career, they established a photography business in Liverpool in the early 1920s.
He left the business within 5 years of its establishment but the two remained friends and the business name Burrell & Hardman remained.
This imposing building towers over Rodney Street. It may look old but it was built from 1904-1978
Edward took many photographs of it, throughout construction and on completion.
Another 20th-century construction, this was built during the 1960s.
With modern, striking design, it was the perfect location for some of Edward's photographs.
Did you know?
- Building work on the street began in 1782
- Rodney Street is named after Admiral George Rodney
- The houses have been used by doctors and consultants since the 1800s
- Prime Minister William Gladstone was born just over the road at No.62
- Rodney Street has always been a very prestigious address
The Hardmans' House
The home and studio of the celebrated photographer Edward Chambré Hardman and his talented wife Margaret; the Hardmans' House is a time capsule of post war Liverpool.