Things to see & do

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A Photographer's War: Hardman in India

 © National Trust

From 1917-1922, Kenneth Burrell and Edward Chambré Hardman served as Gurkha soldiers in India. Far from the battlefields of Europe, Burrell and Hardman forged a friendship that would lead to the foundation of Burrell and Hardman photographers in 1923.

Read Hardman's memories of his time in India and discover the Indian family connections which led him there.

Travels with a Camera

 © NT/E.Chambré Hardman Collection

Edward and Margaret spent their holidays touring the countryside in their Daimler in search of the perfect picture. Photographs taken in the UK and across Europe are joined by souvenirs such as Scottish jams, sea shells from various coasts and a multitude of guidebooks and maps.

Well worn suitcases as well as fishing, bicycling and golfing equipment tell the story of an adventurous and artistic couple.


Gallery Talk by Dr. Peter Hagerty

 © National Trust

Join us at the Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley on Thurs 24 July, 2pm - 4pm for a fascinating look at the life and work of Edward Chambré Hardman, given by his close friend, Dr. Peter Hagerty.

The event is free however there are limited spaces available, so please call 0151 443 5617 or email to secure your ticket today.

Looking Back at Liverpool

 © National Trust

Hardman spent over 60 years photographing the changing face of the Liverpool landscape and people. From evocative scenes of the iconic Liverpool docks to the dramatic images of Liverpool theatre, experience this rare opportunity to see some of Hardman's most exclusive work and a selection of intimate objects.

Opening Tues 6 May -  Sat 26 July at the Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley.

Free admission Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat 10am to 1pm.


First World War Commemoration

 © Sarah Burnage

Take part in a First World War commemorative local walk and poetry reading. Commencing and finishing at the house, the walk includes the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and St Lukes Church, lasting roughly an hour.

Designed  and co-ordinated by artist Alec Finlay and led by poet Ken Cockburn, please join us on Thurs 24 July at 1pm.

Booking is essential as there are limited spaces available, please call 0151 709 6261 or email to secure your place today.

Anglican Cathedral August family fun

 © National Trust

Join us for our three August family fun days at the Anglican Cathedral.

On Wed 6, 20 & 27 August, from 11am - 3pm, take part in some fun children's craft activities, handle some of our vintage cameras and equipment and learn what they can do.

Admission is free, just turn up and enjoy.


Heritage Open Day

 © NTPL/National Trust/Arnhel de Serra

We're proud once again to take part in Heritage Open Day, Sat 13 Sept.

Admission to the house is completely free for one day only, so please book well in advance to secure your place.

Please call 0151 709 6261 or email before it's too late.


Our Ten Year Anniversary

 © NTPL/N.T/E. Chambré Hardman Collection

Help us celebrate ten years since our public opening on 15 September.

We'll be hosting a series of events around this time, so stay tuned for more exciting details.

If you would like to get involved in some way please email the


The archive

Our archive of over 150,000 items has been re-housed in a fantastic new storage facility in Liverpool Central Library and Record Office. With roughly 9,000 items online, there's plenty more to discover.

Hardman's Liverpool

Edward photographed many of Liverpool's most iconic scenes and captured day to day city life.

Follow in his footsteps by taking one of our three city centre walks.

Our treasures

With over 10,000 objects, our house is anything but small. From bicycles to typewriters, thermometers to hairdryers, there are so many things to see.

Take a look at our volunteers' favourites.