Things to see & do

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Exhibition: From Street to Studio

 © NT/E.Chambré Hardman Collection

To commemorate 50 years since Edward's formal retirement from his photography business, our new exhibition for 2015 explores the range of people, places and techniques displayed across his photographic portfolio.

Containing Edward's most iconic image, 'The Birth of the Ark Royal', the exhibition includes rare audio of Edward's own thoughts and memories towards its creation.

Exhibition: From Street to Studio

 © NTPL/NT / E.Chambré Hardman Collection

You can view street scenes capturing the daily lives of Liverpool people in the first half of the 20th century. From children playing marbles in the street to school children crossing the river Mersey by boat.

'Schoolboys on the Ferry', taken in 1952 was also known as 'Liverpool buildings from Ferry Boat', displaying the Liverpool waterfront.

Exhibition: From Street to Studio

 © NTPL/NT / E.Chambré Hardman Collection

Hear about the growth of the business across multiple studios in Liverpool and Chester.

The Hardmans had a studio at 51a Bold Street, but did not have any window display space to advertise their business. Ingeniously, as we see in 'Window Display, 74 Bold Street', they used this empty shop front to display their photographs. 

Exhibition: From Street to Studio

 © NTPL/NT/ E.Chambré Hardman Collection

In contrast to these public scenes, we also present commissioned photographs taken in the controlled setting of the Hardmans' studios for individuals and companies.

In this charming portrait, titled 'Something Fishy Here', Edward has created an optical illusion in which a child is holding a goldfish toy inside a goldfish bowl.

Exhibition: A Photographer's War

 © NTPL/Hardman

For its final year, we explore the impact Edward's time in India had in shaping his future, both personally and professionally.

From 1917-1922 Edward served in the 2nd Battalion of the 8th Brigade of Gurkha Rifles in India.

During this time he captured the various scenes around him. Here we see the Prince of Wales (future King Edward VIII) inspecting lines of Indian soldiers.

Exhibition: A Photographer's War

 © NTPL/NT/ E.Chambré Hardman Collection

It was serving in India where he met Captain Kenneth Burrell. Here, they forged a friendship that would lead to the foundation of their photography business in Liverpool in 1923.

This image of British Army Officers includes Edward standing on the back row, third from the right, as well as Kenneth on the back row, fourth from the left. 

Exhibition: A Photographer's War

 © NTPL/NT/ E.Chambré Hardman Collection

Edward was inspired by the beautiful landscapes of India. 'Pandikkad Kerala, South India', earlier known as 'Early Morning in a Malabar Village', was taken at 6am before the sun had risen and there was still some morning mist.

According to his notes, Edward says "What appears at first sight to be the performance of some mystic rite is really the serving of cups of tea to the two Moplah customers on the left".

Exhibition: A Photographer's War

 © NTPL/NT/ E.Chambré Hardman Collection

'Scene in an Indian Village' displays an Indian man walking along a path with a stick. This print was made upon Edward's return to England. 

Don't miss the chance to read Edward's memories of his time in India and discover the Indian family connections which led him there, before the exhibition draws to a close on Saturday 31st October 2015.


The Hardmans' Terrifying Trail

Visit us between Wednesday 28 - Saturday 31 October and take part in a terrifying children's trail around the House. Part of the usual guided tour.

Guided Tours

Proofs and prints were mounted here in the Mounting Office

There's just a few weeks left before we close for winter on Saturday 31 October 2015.

Our 'A Photographer's War' exhibition will come to a close after two years - don't miss your chance to read Edward's fascinating memoir.

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.