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Notice: Please note our Cellar is temporarily closed Wed 1st July - Sun 31st August due to conservation reasons and will not be part of the guided tour. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, if you have any further questions please feel free to contact us on 0151 709 6261.
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 2015, we will showcase some of the best of Hardman’s photographs of the people who inspired his work. From glamorous studio portraits of Liverpool socialites to the dramatic street photography of people and places that made up Hardmans’ Liverpool, our new exhibition ‘From Street to Studio’ features some of Hardman’s best known work such as the ‘Birth of the Ark Royal’ as well as items from our archive which have never before been displayed.
Back by popular demand, our second exhibition explores a fascinating time in Hardman's life that influenced his later photographic works. In ‘A Photographer’s War; Hardman in India’ learn more about Edward’s time as a Gurkha soldier in India, during and after the First World War.
- 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.
Wanting to gain experience in the museum and heritage sector? The Hardmans' House and Speke Hall are looking to recruit an enthusiastic intern to help us care for and manage our wonderful collections, working closely with the House Team on vital conservation and curatorial projects.
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, lasting approximately 90 minutes.
- To book a visit please call 0151 709 6261 after 10:30am Wed-Sat or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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. Seating is available in the majority of rooms.