Hardwick's women and power
From the first woman of Hardwick to the last, their stories are very different but unite with struggles of women's place in society,and the changing face of that. This year we look at the generations of women at Hardwick and what power meant for them.
Both Hardwick's founder, the Countess of Shrewsbury (Bess of Hardwick), and Duchess Evelyn, the last lady to live here, made their mark and have their place in history. We take a closer look at what their status and power afforded them. We also consider the impact of the suffrage movement, how the family responded to this, and what gaining the vote for some women meant to those at Hardwick.