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The David Parr House is looking for two dynamic people to help deliver Life and Art in a Worker’s House, a 30 months project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Please find further information below:
David Parr House, Cambridge’s ‘rare and remarkable’ hidden treasure, to be restored and opened as new cultural site thanks to major Heritage Lottery Fund grant
David Parr House, a unique time-capsule of Victorian working-class art and life, is set for major restoration after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed funding of £625,300 today.
The money will be used to repair and restore the Victorian terraced house and its remarkable William Morris-inspired hand-painted interiors; and open the house to the public. A small visitor space will be built, and exciting outreach and learning events and collaborations will allow a wide range of people to enjoy the David Parr experience.
Tamsin Wimhurst, Chair of the David Parr House CIO said: “We are delighted and deeply grateful to have received HLF support for the ‘Life and Art in a Worker’s House’ project. Cambridge is globally renowned for its grand, high-culture interiors; by contrast the David Parr House is a unique showcase for the life and art of the ordinary working people who created this beautiful city.
“Likewise, the success of this application is due to the generosity, interest and input of many in the local community – I would like to thank them all as we move into this exciting new phase. As William Morris so perfectly said, ‘The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make.’”
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said: “Unassuming from the outside, David Parr House offers a unique insight into the life of David Parr and his incredible work which has been cared for by his family for decades – the house is truly a hidden heritage gem! Thanks to National Lottery players, we’re delighted to support plans to restore the house and open up its treasures for even more people to enjoy.”
Telling new Cambridge Stories
David Parr was a skilled ‘artist-painter’ who worked for the Cambridge decorative arts firm F. R. Leach from 1872. Over 40 years, he decorated his own modest home in the style of the grand interiors of the Victorian Gothic and Arts & Crafts colleges, churches and houses he worked on every day. After his death in 1927, his grand-daughter Elsie, aged 12, came to live in the house and stayed there for the next 85 years. Her reverence for her grandfather’s work and the survival of her family artefacts has created a 20th-century time-capsule that tells remarkable stories of how ordinary people lived in Cambridge.
The HLF-funded project will restore David Parr’s home and open it to the public as a historic working man’s house. Visitors will have guided tours of the house, and be able to explore related arts, culture and crafts through a film, museum-on-a-bike, city guides, and other creative tools. Volunteers will be recruited and trained to work as tour guides, take audio-histories of locals, and archive the collection. Research into Leach work nationally will be made publically available on the website for the first time.
It is hoped that project work will start in April this year, and be complete by autumn 2019.
Notes to editors
About David Parr
David Parr House (DPH) CIO is a young and dynamic organisation set up in 2014 to save David Parr’s Cambridge house for the nation, and ensure the arts, culture and heritage it reflects are accessible to the public over the long term. DPH is governed by a board of five Trustees with a wide range of business, fundraising, educational, museum and HR expertise. It is advised by a Steering Group of three museum and heritage practitioners with social history, marketing and media expertise.
In 2015, the David Parr House was awarded a first-round grant of £70,900 from HLF, in order to develop the second-round application of Life and Art in a Worker’s House.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery
For further information
• For the Heritage Lottery Fund, contact Rebecca Lamm, Communications Manager, via: Rebecca.Lamm@hlf.org.uk or call 020 7591 6027.
For David Parr House, contact Tamsin Wimhurst, Chair of Trust via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org