Things to see and do at the Hardmans' House

The kitchen at the Hardmans' House, Liverpool

Presented as it was in the 1950s during the height of their business, the house and all of the Hardmans' original possessions perfectly preserve what life was like for this talented couple.

From the waiting room to the studio, the kitchen to the bedroom and the darkrooms to the exhibition rooms, there's so much to see during your 45 minute tour.

Tour the studio and darkrooms

The house was both a business and home for the Hardmans. The majority of the house provided space for clients to wait, change their clothing and sit for photographs. Behind the scenes, the staff would be busy developing prints in the cellar and then preparing them to be sent to clients in the retouching room and mounting office.

Experience the cluttered living quarters

The Hardmans lived in just three small rooms within the house. Their main focus was the prosperity of the business so they didn't have much time for household chores. Preferring to dine out and to travel for inspiration, they spent very little time relaxing in their cramped living quarters at home.

Delve into our latest exhibitions

In 2021, you can enjoy a new display of photographs by E. Chambré Hardman, including one of the National Trust's 125 Treasures and arguably Hardman's most famous photograph, Birth of the Ark Royal.

Also on display is a new exhibition by artist-in-residence Tabitha Jussa. Agency of Women features a collection of hand coloured and black and white portraits of women at the forefront of Liverpool's culture today, which have been taken in the Hardmans' photographic studio. Tabitha has been inspired by the style and techniques of the Hardmans' studio.

Relax in our beautiful walled garden

Enjoy our delightful little 1950s garden with its bird bath, stone bench and flowers planted by our volunteers. Sit outside with a freshly brewed cuppa from reception and wait for your tour to begin. Keep an eye out for the oldest rose bush in the garden from the Hardmans' time.