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Volunteer opportunities at the Hardmans' House

Visitors with a volunteer guide at The Hardmans' House, 59 Rodney Street, Liverpool.
Visitors with a volunteer guide at The Hardmans' House | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

The volunteers at the Hardmans’ House perform a wide variety of tasks that help bring the Hardmans' story to a wider audience and help conserve their business and home for future generations. Whether you're crafty, interested in how we care for the house, or just passionate about local Liverpool history, find out how you too can get involved.

Why join us?

There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
  • Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
  • Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Learn about the history of this special place.

Room guiding

When we’re open to the public, our room guides dedicate one day a week to leading visitors around the house.

They provide insight into the expansion and workings of the Burrell & Hardman photographic studio, as well as discussing the fascinating lives of Margaret and Edward Hardman.

Conservation work

Join the conservation team this year as they continue their essential work.

Tasks include:

  • Cataloguing, condition checking and photographing the collection
  • Continuing to photograph the c.15,000 objects for our inventory database
  • Waxing the wooden floors and furniture
  • Carrying out valuable research
Visitors with a volunteer guide in the Studio at The Hardmans' House, 59 Rodney Street, Liverpool
Visitors with a volunteer guide in the Studio at The Hardmans' House, 59 Rodney Street | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

What our volunteers have done in the past

  • Read and transcribed Edward Hardman's honeymoon diary
  • Uncovered new research and family links to some rather important people
  • Helped to care for the house’s collection of over 15,000 items
  • Created replica diaries and manuscripts for use in exhibitions
  • Inventory-checked Margaret Hardman's collection of clothes

Get in touch about volunteering at Hardmans' House

For information on all our current voluntary positions and to receive an application form, please email us or call us on: 0151 709 6107

Please be aware, we can’t always accommodate new volunteers, but we’ll be more than happy to take your details for any future opportunities.

Thank you

Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.

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Frequently asked questions on volunteering 

These frequently asked questions should give you all you need to know about who can volunteer, what it involves and how to apply.