Join our team
2015 will prove to be another busy and exciting year for us here at The Hardmans' House. Our volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks that bring the Hardmans' story to a wider audience and help conserve the Hardmans' business and home for future generations.
Whether you're crafty, interested in how we care for our house, or whether you're passionate about local Liverpool history, find out how you can get involved.
Our Room Guides dedicate one day per week to leading our visitors around the house, providing greater insight into the expansion and workings of the Burrell & Hardman photographic studio, as well as discussing the fascinating lives of Margaret and Edward Hardman - their love story, professional lives and their possessions.
Join our conservation team this year as they continue their essential work. Tasks include:
- Cataloguing, condition checking and photographing our plastics collection and chemical bottles,
- Continuing to photograph our c.13,000 objects for our inventory database,
- Waxing our wooden floors and furniture,
- Valuable research.
We've lots of exciting events coming up in 2015. There's still time to take part in our Alice in Wonderland exhibition at Speke Hall, April 8-12th and 15-19th. Help children make their very own enchanted rose and learn about Edward's theatrical commissions.
Our Anglican Cathedral family events see parents and children getting hands on with our vintage cameras, learning how they work and how they would've been used by the Hardmans. Join us August 5, 12 & 19th.
Contact us for more information
For information on all our current voluntary positions and to receive an application form, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 709 6261.
See behind the scenes on our blog
Check out our blog for posts dedicated to some of our favourite objects, how we take care of our massive collection and what projects we're working on at the moment.
What our volunteers have been up to
- Reading and transcribing Edward Hardman's honeymoon diary.
- Uncovering new research and family links to some rather important people.
- Helping to care for our collection of over 10,000 items.
- Creating replica diaries and manuscripts for use in our current exhibitions.
- Inventory checking Margaret Hardman's collection of clothes.
Winter is the time when we're able to give our house and the 13,000 objects within a good thorough clean and check to see how they're doing.
This winter, our wonderful conservation volunteers helped us 'put the house to bed' by covering furniture in dust sheets and small objects in 'paper hats' to protect them against dust.They helped us give the whole house a deep clean, inventory checked all our items, continued to photograph them for our online database and helped dismantle our 'Travels with a Camera' exhibition and create our fantastic new one; 'From Street to Studio'.
Our plastics collection was condition checked for any deterioration and photographed, some of the photographic chemical bottles in our darkrooms were cleaned and inventoried and hundreds of objects from the cellar were individually photographed, cleaned and placed back into their original positions, ready for 2015.