A warm welcome at the Hall

As the doors to the Hall are thrown open for another year, come and see what new surprises lie in store.

Women and power

2018 marks the centenary of some women in England getting the vote. Here at Hardwick we're looking the impact of the movement on both the family and other members of the household. Find out who would have got the vote and learn about some addititions to the house you might not have expected.

Later in the season we'll also be delving into Bess' status attributed to her wealth. Learn how she rose through the ranks to become the second most powerful woman in Elizabethan England, what her money was able to buy and what a savvy business woman she was. It's also the chance to take a closer look at some key items in Hardwick's collection.

Discover how we're celebrating Women and Power

Watch where you walk

As we wake the house for spring, there’s the chance to see new handmade rush matting being laid in the Long Gallery, as well as a rare glimpse of the solid floor beneath undressed too. This natural floor covering is what would have been on the floors in Bess’ time. Find out how it’s made and why we water it. For those keen to get hands on, you can try some plaiting too. 

Whilst in the Long Gallery, don't miss a chance to get a look at some off the sixteenth century bare bones of the Hall through the special glass inspection hatch set in the floor.

rolls of rush matting on floor

Unravelling Hardwick's rush matting 

The floors of much of Hardwick Hall are covered in specially made natural covering which has a story in its own right.