Mr Hardman's Home Photographic Studio

59 Rodney Street
Liverpool
Merseyside
L1 9EX

Tel: +44 (0)151 709 6261

Inside a dark room at Hardman House. There is a red light in the room and a blind on the curtain.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£6.60 per ticket
Child (5-16 yrs old)£3.25 per ticket
Family One Adult£12.00 per ticket
Family Ticket*£16.50 per ticket

Please note that access to the house is by guided tour. We advise pre-booking.


Family ticket - 2 adults, and 3 children (between 5-16 years old).


Gift aid ticketing options are available and advertised on the National Trust website. Ticketing prices are liable to change so please refer to the National Trust website for the most up to date prices

About

One of four properties owned and cared for by the National Trust in Liverpool, the terraced Georgian house of 59 Rodney Street was the home and photographic studio of Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife Margaret between 1949 and 1988.

The 1950s time capsule is filled with cameras, studio equipment and other objects left over from their business, as well as the Hardmans’ personal items, including a kitchen stocked with decades-old food packaging and Margaret’s clothes and jewellery.

Irish-born Edward became the leading portrait photographer in Liverpool from the 1920s to the 1960s, taking portraits of many celebrities of the age including Ivor Novello, Margot Fonteyn and Patricia Routledge. Margaret Hardman, who was an accomplished photographer in her own right, managed their successful business.

Edward is also noted for his photographs of the British landscape and Liverpool’s mid-20th century transformation. After he passed away in 1988, the house and a vast archive of photographic prints, negatives and records were acquired by the National Trust in 2003. The house has opened on a seasonal basis for guided tours ever since.

“The Hardmans’ House really is one of Liverpool’s most special hidden gems and we’re very proud to care for it,” says Michelle Yunqué Alvarado, collections and house manager at the National Trust. “The Hardmans were a fascinating couple and not only are their photographs a valuable record of mid-20th century life in Britain, but their home is a must-see experience in its own right.

“Many people from Liverpool and beyond came here to have their portrait taken by Mr Hardman, and those portraits might still be hanging on their children’s or grandchildren’s walls today. For some people, a visit to the Hardmans’ House is a personal journey. For most people, it’s a chance to truly step back in time to when photography was a rare art form.”

Visitors will be able to step inside the impressive Georgian house on Rodney Street as part of a guided tour. The tours last 45 minutes and take visitors to explore three floors of the property including the photographic studio, dark room and the Hardmans’ cramped living quarters.

Visitors can also see Agency of Women, a contemporary art exhibition by artist-in-residence Tabitha Jussa. It features a collection of black and white and hand-coloured portraits of 17 women at the forefront of Liverpool’s arts and culture today, taken in the Hardmans’ studio early last year. Jussa has been inspired by Margaret Hardman, the female workforce employed by the Hardmans and the women who came to have their portraits taken at 59 Rodney Street.

Entry to the Hardmans’ House is by guided tour only on Fridays and Saturdays between 9 September – 29 October. Spaces are limited so booking is recommended to guarantee a spot on a tour.

Tickets can be booked online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardmans-house or by telephone on 0344 249 1895. Entry is free for National Trust members, but booking is essential.

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Facilities

Other

  • Accept Credit/Debit Cards
  • Audio Tours
  • Disabled Access
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guides Available
  • Schools Accepted
  • Shop
  • Street Parking
  • Toilets
  • Visitor Centre

Children & Infants

  • Child Friendly - children

Languages spoken

  • Braille

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

Short walk north of Liverpool city centre. Rodney Street is off Hardman Street and Upper Duke Street. Located half a mile from Lime St and Central stations, adjacent to the Anglican Cathedral

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Tripadvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
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      146
    • Very Good
      40
    • Average
      6
    • Poor
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Elsrad
      West Coast, Sweden
      Trip type:
      Couples
      Thank you!
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 14th November 2019
      Interesting, Nice guidning. Nice break in between all the Beatles history we made. Close to the church of England. Glad we found this occasion to see and hear about the Hardman´s place, life and work. Read full review
    • lynr700
      Aintree, United Kingdom
      Trip type:
      Couples
      A Trip Back in Time.
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 31st December 2019
      This is a very interesting place to visit. The photographic history is fascinating. The small private apartment used byThe Hardman’s is a peep into a time gone by. Close to both Cathedrals it is well... Read full review
    • OldBear
      Wigan, United Kingdom
      Trip type:
      Couples
      An Extraordinary House
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 21st November 2021
      A Look Into the past lives through the eyes of photographer Edward Chambré & his wife Margaret Hardman. The house and studio is a time capsule which is so interesting to visit, has only recently... Read full review

    Opening Times

    Tours Run (9 September 2022 - 29 October 2022)
    DayTimes
    MondayClosed*
    TuesdayClosed*
    WednesdayClosed*
    ThursdayClosed*
    Friday11:0017:00*
    Saturday11:0017:00*
    SundayClosed*

    * General Opening Text

    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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