He subsequently became a great benefactor of the town, creating the Joseph Hardy Charitable Trust which set up and runs the Heritage Centre. In 1994 Joe Hardy passed the title to his daughter Robin Hardy Freed who remained Lord of the Manor until 2017. The Centre opened to the public in 1997.
Registered Charity No. 1180324
To advance the education of the public by providing a Heritage Centre in Henley-in-Arden in order to display the historical records of the town
To protect and preserve for the benefit of the public such documents, records, archives and artefacts as are of local historical interest