The Hardmans' House

Important notice -

The Hardmans' House is closed. We will reopen for guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays, 9 September – 29 October 2022.

Step back in time to the 1950s in this fascinating home and photographic studio

The Hardmans' House

Things to see and do

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Go behind the scenes at the Hardmans' House

Watch this special tour of the Hardmans' House to explore the fascinating collection we care for, learn more about the photographic process on a visit to the darkroom and enjoy a rare glimpse of the printing rooms.

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Art and collections

Props and backgrounds in the studio at the Hardmans' House

Highlights of the Hardmans' House 

Delve into just a few of the 13,000 features, objects and collections that we care for in the home and photographic studio of E. Chambré Hardman and his talented wife Margaret.

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Our work

A selection of photos from the E. Chambre Hardman collection laid across a table, showing a range of subjects including landscapes and portraits

Caring for the E. Chambré Hardman Photographic Collection 

Discover our exciting project to catalogue, conserve and digitise a significant portion of the E. Chambré Hardman Photographic Collection, protecting its unique and fragile contents and making it more accessible for everyone to explore.

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History

Edward Chambré Hardman takes a photograph on holiday

The history of the Hardmans' House 

Take a look at the people and the stories behind the successful photography business of Burrell & Hardman.

The Hardmans' House

Things to see and do

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Hardmans' House featured on BBC Radio 4's The Caretakers 

Listen in on Philippa, part of our conservation team, as she records her observations of what it's like to clean the home and belongings of the Hardmans. Part of BBC Radio 4's The Caretakers, created by artist Eloise Moody and featuring conservation and cleaning staff from nine museums and galleries around the UK.

Michelle Charters holding and looking into a mirror with clouds behind her.

Agency of Women 

Artist-in-residence Tabitha Jussa presents Agency of Women, a collection of black and white and hand coloured portraits inspired by Margaret Hardman, the female workforce employed by the Hardmans and the women who had their portraits taken at 59 Rodney Street.

Walk in the Hardmans' footsteps

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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at The Hardmans' House on the National Trust Collections website