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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 2014, we reveal a little more of what life was like away from the business. In our new exhibition ‘Travels with a Camera; the Hardmans on Holiday’ we take a tour through Margaret and Edward’s many holiday adventures. From sun dappled photographs of French cafes to dramatic shots of the British landscape, view holiday snaps with a difference.

In our second new exhibition we explore other travels that influenced Hardman’s life.  In ‘A Photographer’s War; Hardman in India’ learn more about Hardman’s time as a Gurkha soldier and how this experience influenced his photography.

- 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.

Keep in touch

See our Facebook page for all the latest news and a chance to see Edward's fascinating photos.

Follow us on Twitter for chat, info and tour updates.

Read more about our wonderful collection on our blog.

Go beyond the ropes

Do you have a few spare hours each week and want to learn more? From conservation to room guiding, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Email us for a registration form.

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.
  • To book a visit please call 0151 709 6261 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.