Hardwick's women and power

From the first woman of Hardwick to the last, their stories are very different but unite with the changing face of women's place in society. This year we look at the generations of women at Hardwick and what power meant for them.

Both Hardwick's founder, Bess 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 and what gaining the vote for some women meant to those at Hardwick.

Servants from Hardwick Hall sit out the front

Power for the women of Hardwick? 

Discover the impact of the suffrage movement on Hardwick

Portrait of Bess of Hardwick

Bess and her wealth 

Explore what made Bess the second most powerful woman in Elizabethan England