NT The Hardmans' House

NT The Hardmans' House The Official National Trust page for The Hardman's House, 59 Rodney Street, Liverpool Step back in time and experience the 1950s. In this time capsule of post-war years you will glimpse the life of an extraordinary couple; renowned photographer Edward Chambré Hardman and his gifted wife Margaret who lived and worked together in this remarkable Georgian house for 40 years, keeping everything, changing nothing.

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There's something very satisfying about seeing prints from the Hardman archive before and after they've been expertly cl...
18/10/2021

There's something very satisfying about seeing prints from the Hardman archive before and after they've been expertly cleaned. Here's this handsome chap, all spruced up and ready to be digitised 🧼📷 #HardmansUnpacked

13/10/2021

Birth of the Ark Royal ⛴🏗

Arguably Hardman's most famous image, this special photograph is also featured in a new book – '125 Treasures from the Collections of the National Trust'.

See it on display in the Hardmans' dark room as part of a guided tour on Fridays and Saturdays until 6 November. Book your space: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

You might have heard we're digitising thousands of photographic prints and negatives from the collection, but what does ...
12/10/2021

You might have heard we're digitising thousands of photographic prints and negatives from the collection, but what does that look like? Well, here's a behind the scenes peek 👀 Hidden away at the top of the house, the team have been 'benchmarking'. Basically, making sure every item is being photographed in the most accurate and consistent way.

Hand colouring photographs isn't as easy as the Hardmans or the staff they employed made it look 🎨Here's a peek at the m...
11/10/2021

Hand colouring photographs isn't as easy as the Hardmans or the staff they employed made it look 🎨

Here's a peek at the many notes and colour tests our artist-in-residence Tabitha Jussa used while creating this wonderful portrait of Tate Liverpool's Director, Helen Legg.

See this and other portraits in Tabitha's stunning Agency of Women exhibition as part of a guided tour only on Fridays and Saturdays until 6 November. Book your space: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

Did you catch us on #AHouseThroughTime recently? We welcomed Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan into the Hardmans' private quar...
08/10/2021

Did you catch us on #AHouseThroughTime recently? We welcomed Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan into the Hardmans' private quarters, a perfect example of cramped 1950s living.

📺 Watch the episode: bbc.in/3FuMzRt (we appear from 18:40)

Don't forget, we're open for special guided tours only on Fridays and Saturdays until 6 November. Book a space while you can: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

Did you catch us on #AHouseThroughTime recently? We welcomed Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan into the Hardmans' private quarters, a perfect example of cramped 1950s living.

📺 Watch the episode: bbc.in/3FuMzRt (we appear from 18:40)

Don't forget, we're open for special guided tours only on Fridays and Saturdays until 6 November. Book a space while you can: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

Behind the scenes, the Hardmans Unpacked project continues to the next phase: digitising thousands of unseen prints and ...
05/10/2021

Behind the scenes, the Hardmans Unpacked project continues to the next phase: digitising thousands of unseen prints and negatives.

But that still requires specialist conservation work to prepare items for digitisation, such as this joyful portrait of a young child that our conservator Alex found to be in need of a clean, particularly around the edges of the print 🧽🔍 Well done, Alex!

Then and now... as you can see, not much has changed in the half a century since Edward photographed this in 59 Rodney S...
30/09/2021

Then and now... as you can see, not much has changed in the half a century since Edward photographed this in 59 Rodney Street's cramped kitchen 🍽

We still have a few spaces left on guided tours tomorrow and Saturday. You can book until 8am the day you visit, or please give us a call on 0151 7096261 to check availability to walk in. Don't forget we're only open until 6 November on Fridays and Saturdays only.

Autumn is arriving with all its photogenic beauty 🍂 With his love of landscapes, it's no surprise Edward ventured to a w...
29/09/2021

Autumn is arriving with all its photogenic beauty 🍂 With his love of landscapes, it's no surprise Edward ventured to a woodland in Woolton to capture this autumnal scene.

We're open Friday and Saturday for guided tours if you'd like to explore the Hardmans' home and studio. Tickets are going quickly though, so book now here: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

Autumn is arriving with all its photogenic beauty 🍂 With his love of landscapes, it's no surprise Edward ventured to a woodland in Woolton to capture this autumnal scene.

We're open Friday and Saturday for guided tours if you'd like to explore the Hardmans' home and studio. Tickets are going quickly though, so book now here: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

Looking for something to do today? We've got some availability on guided tours if you fancy exploring the 1950s time cap...
24/09/2021

Looking for something to do today? We've got some availability on guided tours if you fancy exploring the 1950s time capsule home and studio of the Hardmans.

We've got spaces available on tours running between 11.30am and 3.30pm. Online booking has ended for today, so please give us a call on 0151 7096261 to check availability.

We're open Fridays and Saturdays until 6 November. Book your space on a tour here: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

Looking for something to do today? We've got some availability on guided tours if you fancy exploring the 1950s time capsule home and studio of the Hardmans.

We've got spaces available on tours running between 11.30am and 3.30pm. Online booking has ended for today, so please give us a call on 0151 7096261 to check availability.

We're open Fridays and Saturdays until 6 November. Book your space on a tour here: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

The Hardmans' photographic studio, frozen in time 📷You can only step inside this special room as part of a guided tour o...
23/09/2021

The Hardmans' photographic studio, frozen in time 📷

You can only step inside this special room as part of a guided tour of the Hardmans' House on Fridays and Saturdays until 6 November, but spaces are limited. To avoid disappointment, book now: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

The Hardmans' photographic studio, frozen in time 📷

You can only step inside this special room as part of a guided tour of the Hardmans' House on Fridays and Saturdays until 6 November, but spaces are limited. To avoid disappointment, book now: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

Don't miss this! This Thursday 23 September, join our artist-in-residence Tabitha Jussa, National Trust photography cura...
21/09/2021

Don't miss this! This Thursday 23 September, join our artist-in-residence Tabitha Jussa, National Trust photography curator Catherine Troiano, Mariama Attah and Angela Samata for an online conservation about Jussa's fascinating exhibition at the Hardmans' House, Agency of Women.

Book your space via Open Eye Gallery: https://bit.ly/3tYJDHt

What will they be talking about?
🗣️ The importance of the Hardmans’ studio photographic archive
🗣️ Mariama Attah, curator at Open Eye Gallery, will touch upon women within the cultural sector today
🗣️ Angela Samata, freelance arts professional, will speak about the experience of being photographed for the Agency of Women project
🗣️ Tabitha Jussa will reflect on her time as artist-in-residence and how, through portraiture, we react and present ourselves to the wider world.

📷 Nikki Kand by Tabitha Jussa

Don't miss this! This Thursday 23 September, join our artist-in-residence Tabitha Jussa, National Trust photography curator Catherine Troiano, Mariama Attah and Angela Samata for an online conservation about Jussa's fascinating exhibition at the Hardmans' House, Agency of Women.

Book your space via Open Eye Gallery: https://bit.ly/3tYJDHt

What will they be talking about?
🗣️ The importance of the Hardmans’ studio photographic archive
🗣️ Mariama Attah, curator at Open Eye Gallery, will touch upon women within the cultural sector today
🗣️ Angela Samata, freelance arts professional, will speak about the experience of being photographed for the Agency of Women project
🗣️ Tabitha Jussa will reflect on her time as artist-in-residence and how, through portraiture, we react and present ourselves to the wider world.

📷 Nikki Kand by Tabitha Jussa

Timeline Photos
17/09/2021

Timeline Photos

Artist Tabitha Jussa is presenting an exciting new exhibition, Agency of Women, at the National Trust’s Hardmans’ House in Liverpool.

Agency of Women is a collection of black and white and hand coloured photographic portraits inspired by E. Chambré and Margaret Hardman.

The exhibition features photographic portraits of 17 women at the forefront of Liverpool’s arts and culture today and includes Mary Cloake, CEO of the Bluecoat.

You can view the exhibition every Friday and Saturday until 6 November - booking recommended!

Pictured below is Michelle Charters – Director of Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre, National Museums Trustee and Community Activist.

Our first ever artist-in-residence Tabitha Jussa spoke to BBC Radio Merseyside about her fascinating new photography exh...
17/09/2021

Our first ever artist-in-residence Tabitha Jussa spoke to BBC Radio Merseyside about her fascinating new photography exhibition Agency of Women, opening today at the Hardmans' House. Listen from 40:00 👉 bbc.in/2Xo0vLQ

Book and plan your visit: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

Our first ever artist-in-residence Tabitha Jussa spoke to BBC Radio Merseyside about her fascinating new photography exhibition Agency of Women, opening today at the Hardmans' House. Listen from 40:00 👉 bbc.in/2Xo0vLQ

Book and plan your visit: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

Only a few days to go until the Hardmans' 1950s kitchen welcomes visitors again, amongst other fascinating rooms 🥰
15/09/2021

Only a few days to go until the Hardmans' 1950s kitchen welcomes visitors again, amongst other fascinating rooms 🥰

National Trust's 'time capsule' Hardmans' House reopens in Liverpool.
https://bit.ly/3hA3Xdc

New for 2021, our artist-in-residence Tabitha Jussa presents Agency of Women 📷👩This new exhibition features a collection...
15/09/2021

New for 2021, our artist-in-residence Tabitha Jussa presents Agency of Women 📷👩

This new exhibition features a collection of black and white and hand coloured portraits of 17 women at the forefront of Liverpool's cultural scene today, inspired by the Hardmans and taken in their renowned studio.

You can see the exhibition as part of a guided tour of the Hardmans’ House on Fridays and Saturdays until 6 November. Book your space: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

Supported by Arts Council England and presented in partnership with the National Trust, Open Eye Gallery and University of Chester.

Birth of the Ark Royal 🛳🏗This photographic treasure will be part of a new display you'll be able to enjoy as part of a g...
12/09/2021

Birth of the Ark Royal 🛳🏗

This photographic treasure will be part of a new display you'll be able to enjoy as part of a guided tour of the Hardmans' House when we reopen next week. Arguably Edward's most famous photograph, it was recently included in the National Trust's new book, 125 Treasures 🥰

Book your space on a guided tour and plan your visit: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

Birth of the Ark Royal 🛳🏗

This photographic treasure will be part of a new display you'll be able to enjoy as part of a guided tour of the Hardmans' House when we reopen next week. Arguably Edward's most famous photograph, it was recently included in the National Trust's new book, 125 Treasures 🥰

Book your space on a guided tour and plan your visit: bit.ly/HardmansHouse

Have you heard the good news? We're reopening our doors for guided tours of 59 Rodney Street on Fridays and Saturdays be...
05/09/2021

Have you heard the good news? We're reopening our doors for guided tours of 59 Rodney Street on Fridays and Saturdays between 17 September–6 November.

Step inside the 1950s home and photographic studio of the Hardmans 📷

Book and plan your visit now
👉 bit.ly/HardmansHouse

Have you heard the good news? We're reopening our doors for guided tours of 59 Rodney Street on Fridays and Saturdays between 17 September–6 November.

Step inside the 1950s home and photographic studio of the Hardmans 📷

Book and plan your visit now
👉 bit.ly/HardmansHouse

It's the news you've all been waiting for. The Hardmans' House is finally reopening on 17 September. You can book a guid...
03/09/2021

It's the news you've all been waiting for. The Hardmans' House is finally reopening on 17 September. You can book a guided tour of the 1950s home and photographic studio of E. Chambré and Margaret Hardman on Fridays and Saturdays until 6 November.

To book your tickets and for details of what you need to know before visiting, go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardmans-house

Thank you for your support and patience while we've been closed to visitors. We're looking forward to welcoming you to explore this special place again.

Happy #InternationalDogDay 🐕 The Hardmans would have certainly celebrated today with their beloved Bick, seen here with ...
26/08/2021

Happy #InternationalDogDay 🐕 The Hardmans would have certainly celebrated today with their beloved Bick, seen here with Margaret and staff at their Bold Street studio. While we can't imagine Bick was much help with developing photographs, we're sure he did a great job of welcoming customers.

Happy #InternationalDogDay 🐕 The Hardmans would have certainly celebrated today with their beloved Bick, seen here with Margaret and staff at their Bold Street studio. While we can't imagine Bick was much help with developing photographs, we're sure he did a great job of welcoming customers.

22/08/2021

Dirt, dust and a dog ear? Not to worry, our conservator knew just how to give this print the TLC it needed after being stored improperly in the past 🧼

It's one of thousands of prints in the E. Chambré Hardman collection we're preparing to digitise as part of the #HardmansUnpacked project.

Photos from National Trust Lake District's post
19/08/2021

Photos from National Trust Lake District's post

19/08/2021

To celebrate #WorldPhotographyDay, here's a quick tour of the Hardmans' House. From their famous studio to the two dark rooms, this special place is a photographer's dream and we're so proud to care for it and the Hardmans' unique collection.

We'll be reopening next month. Look out for more details very soon! In the meantime, you can watch the full tour here (6m 22s): bit.ly/2W9v8Ul

Ta-dah! We're busy preparing thousands of prints in the archive to be digitised, which includes this wonderful photo Har...
18/08/2021

Ta-dah! We're busy preparing thousands of prints in the archive to be digitised, which includes this wonderful photo Hardman took of a theatre production. After carefully cleaning it and fixing an unfortunate dog ear, this print is ready to go. ✨

"One might be back hundreds of years, no pylons, no telephone wires, no obvious tourists". That's what Hardman wrote abo...
12/08/2021

"One might be back hundreds of years, no pylons, no telephone wires, no obvious tourists".

That's what Hardman wrote about this photograph he took of Ludlow Castle and the bridge across the River Teme, which he perfected by using a red dye to brighten certain areas such as the landscape beyond.

📷 'Ludlow Bridge and Castle', ©National Trust Images/Edward Chambré Hardman Collection

Happy #InternationalCatDay 🐈 Hardman was often commissioned to take portraits of pet cats, but in this case, he decided ...
08/08/2021

Happy #InternationalCatDay 🐈 Hardman was often commissioned to take portraits of pet cats, but in this case, he decided to snap a photo of a kitty sitting patiently on the pavement in an unknown Liverpool street.

📷 'Unidentified Court with Cat', E. Chambré Hardman

Happy #InternationalCatDay 🐈 Hardman was often commissioned to take portraits of pet cats, but in this case, he decided to snap a photo of a kitty sitting patiently on the pavement in an unknown Liverpool street.

📷 'Unidentified Court with Cat', E. Chambré Hardman

If you've loved watching the diving at the Olympics, you'll love this striking photograph of Margaret Mills, Edward's fu...
06/08/2021

If you've loved watching the diving at the Olympics, you'll love this striking photograph of Margaret Mills, Edward's future wife, poised to dive off a rock. It was published during the 1920s, when the representation of women in sport rose dramatically. 🏊

Dive in to the history of summer sports and games in the National Trust's collections: bit.ly/3lzA2VD

If you've loved watching the diving at the Olympics, you'll love this striking photograph of Margaret Mills, Edward's future wife, poised to dive off a rock. It was published during the 1920s, when the representation of women in sport rose dramatically. 🏊

Dive in to the history of summer sports and games in the National Trust's collections: bit.ly/3lzA2VD

Whether your agree or disagree with UNESCO's recent decision to strip Liverpool of its World Heritage status, E. Chambré...
02/08/2021

Whether your agree or disagree with UNESCO's recent decision to strip Liverpool of its World Heritage status, E. Chambré Hardman's mid-20th century photographs show us just why the waterfront was, is and always will be a special place ❤️

📷 National Trust Images/E. Chambré Hardman

Dream job alert ✨📷 We're looking for a Senior Collections & House Officer.You'll be responsible for the planning and imp...
29/07/2021

Dream job alert ✨📷 We're looking for a Senior Collections & House Officer.

You'll be responsible for the planning and implementation of conservation projects, collections care and daily opening of the house, to name just a few!

Find out more and apply here: bit.ly/3j13HE1 (Please make sure to download and read the additional info document).

Dream job alert ✨📷 We're looking for a Senior Collections & House Officer.

You'll be responsible for the planning and implementation of conservation projects, collections care and daily opening of the house, to name just a few!

Find out more and apply here: bit.ly/3j13HE1 (Please make sure to download and read the additional info document).

Long before Photoshop, E. Chambré Hardman had to use a collage of four negatives to create this image.'Property Merger' ...
24/07/2021

Long before Photoshop, E. Chambré Hardman had to use a collage of four negatives to create this image.

'Property Merger' celebrates the post-war 'merging' of Liverpool city centre buildings which had been awaiting completion since the 1930s. Can you tell which buildings are included?

On this day in 1904, the Foundation Stone of Liverpool Cathedral was laid by King Edward VII 🏗️Living and working just a...
19/07/2021

On this day in 1904, the Foundation Stone of Liverpool Cathedral was laid by King Edward VII 🏗️

Living and working just around the corner on Rodney Street, E. Chambré Hardman took several photographs showing this iconic structure being slowly completed.

On this day in 1904, the Foundation Stone of Liverpool Cathedral was laid by King Edward VII 🏗️

Living and working just around the corner on Rodney Street, E. Chambré Hardman took several photographs showing this iconic structure being slowly completed.

A photograph you can only see at a certain angle might sound like something from Harry Potter, but it's the sad reality ...
14/07/2021

A photograph you can only see at a certain angle might sound like something from Harry Potter, but it's the sad reality when silver mirroring affects a photographic print.

Our conservator Alex discovered this wonderful portrait taken by Edward has sadly become affected by this form of deterioration, due to being stored in an acidic and humid environment. To prevent any further damage, we're rehousing it in a polyester pocket and acid free box. #HardmansUnpacked

12/07/2021

Sit back and enjoy as our archivist Lindsey gives you a sneak peek at a few of Hardman's stunning hand-coloured portraits, now being prepared to be digitised for the first time as part of the #HardmansUnpacked project.

Delve into the project here: bit.ly/HardmansUnpacked

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59 Rodney Street
Liverpool
L1 9EX

General information

We are open from 13 March to 26 October 2019, Wednesday to Saturday, as well as Bank Holiday Mondays. Admission is by guided tour and lasts approximately 90 minutes. With multiple tours per day, please book your place in advance as they are subject to availability. Please call 0151 709 6261 or email [email protected] to reserve your place.

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Have just learned that the word 'chambré' in sommelier’s lexicon, refers to red wine brought up to room temperature. Which is indeed fortuitous as Chambré did love a drop of fine red, brought it home from his travels in Europe and had a well-stocked cellar at the time of his passing.
If you're in Liverpool this National Trust property is a must. Especially if you're into photography. A perfectly preserved time capsule from the 1950s.
Please nominate the Hardmans House for the Hidden Gem in the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2019
Hello, I have a couple of Burrell and Hardman portraits that I've been trying to identify for about 7 years. They were found in my granmother's things and no one knows who they are. I have the numbers from the back as well. Whats the best way to try to identify these two people? thank you.
Visited yesterday, really informative tour. Loved the house and it's quirky rooms and all the period furniture. Thankyou everyone for a stroll down memory lane and very knowledgeable guides.