Hardmans Unpacked appeal

Conserving, cataloguing, and sharing a unique photographic collection.

Black and white photograph of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral under construction.
A selection of photos from the E. Chambre Hardman collection laid across a table, showing a range of subjects including landscapes and portraits

Revealing the E. Chambré Hardman photographic collection 

Discover more about our exciting two-year project to catalogue and conserve the E. Chambré Hardman Photographic Collection and to make it more accessible for everyone to explore and enjoy.

  • There are over 140,000 photographic prints and negatives in the collection
  • The collection shows us life from the 1920s – 1970s around Liverpool
  • Laid out end to end, the collection would stretch 400 metres (the same as an Olympic running track!)

Donate to Hardmans Unpacked appeal

Please select an amount

£10 could help to reproduce prints or create materials for use in future community engagement or display purposes
£20 could contribute towards the purchase of acid-free packaging to preserve photographic prints and negatives
£50 could pay for a specialist photographic conservation adviser to advise on the care of an item that is particularly damaged, important or unusual
Or enter your own amount
Undeveloped rolls of historic Kodak film from the Hardmans' House collection

Preserving a unique collection 

Edward Chambré Hardman's photographs and negatives from the 1920s to the 1970s paint a fascinating social history of Liverpool. His huge photographic archive is owned by the National Trust but is currently not accessible to the public. We need your help to organise, conserve and share it. Discover how we're starting to unpack this fascinating collection.

Why give to the National Trust?

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of supporters to look after the irreplaceable treasures in our care. Memberships help to pay for some of the work we do. But they only go so far. Additional donations are crucial to maintaining our collections, from stunning works of silverware to personal keepsakes that bring the past to life. Your donation will go towards this project and other vital conservation work to our collections at this special place. With your support, we can continue to conserve, protect and provide access to these fascinating pieces of history. For everyone, for ever.

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