Who we are

The David Parr House was bought with private donations and gifted to the charity in 2014.  The charity is the ‘David Parr House Charitable Incorporated Organisation’.
Charity No: 1156298.

It is supported by an enthusiastic group of Trustees and heritage professionals who volunteer their time in order to make sure that this hidden gem is preserved and opened to a wider public.


Tamsin Wimhurst (Chair) first saw the house six years ago while organising an exhibition entitled  ‘A Space of Our Own’.  Since then she has worked with the Palmer family to conserve the house for future generations to enjoy.  Tamsin entered the heritage industry through museum education and has a deep passion for making history accessible to all.  During her career she has developed and managed many creative and innovative events, exhibitions and community projects.  She is also a Trustee of AccessArt.

 Mike Muller is Chief Technology Officer and a founder of ARM Holdings plc, one of Cambridge’s largest employers;  a non-executive director of Intelligent Energy, which specialises in the development of modular, low-carbon fuel cell systems; and a Trustee of the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge.

David Wherrett is a Trustee of the national charity Paintings in Hospitals; a member of Cambridge Ahead, a business and academic  group dedicated to the successful growth of Cambridge and the region; and a board member of Cambridge University Hospitals. He is a passionate collector of art and supporter of decorative arts and heritage.

Mike Nicholson has been a Trustee of the David Parr House since 2015.  He is currently the Development Director for Selwyn College, Cambridge.  Formerly Development Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum 2001-2014 he helped facilitate an ambitious expansion and £7M capital refurbishment programme.  Whilst at the Soane, he also instigated a successful membership scheme allowing individuals to engage with and support different museum activities and projects.  Prior to the Soane, Mike worked in similar roles at the Royal Geographical Society and the Design Museum.

Harriet Loffler has been the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery since 2009. She leads on all the contemporary exhibition and public programming, partnership projects as well as the development of the modern and contemporary art collection. She has an impressive track record of organising landmark exhibitions and award-winning learning and engagement programmes that include widening participation projects with a broad range of communities. Before joining Norwich Castle, she worked at Frieze Art Fair in London and MoMA in New York. Harriet has an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art. She is Chair of the Public Art Advisory group for the North West Cambridge development – the largest development in the history of the University of Cambridge. She has been a mentor at Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and a guest lecturer at the University of East Anglia and Norwich University of the Arts. This year she is one of the judges for the international Celeste Art Prize.


Steering Group:

Dr Shelley Lockwood is an historian by training and has lived in Cambridge for over 30 years. She feels equally at home in ‘town’ or ‘gown’  having studied, taught and worked at Queens’ and Christ’s Colleges at the University of Cambridge, and in community education as an oral historian, researcher, volunteer co-ordinator and family support worker.

Susan Miller is originally from Edinburgh but has lived and worked in Cambridge for almost 20 years. She became fascinated with the rich social history of the City while working at the Museum of Cambridge, and her interest developed through working on reminiscence and oral history projects with local people. Now based at the University of Cambridge Museums, Susan organises events aimed at increasing access to the museums’ world-class collections.

Jane Phillimore is a Cambridge-based author,  journalist and heritage professional who has written for many national newspapers and magazines, and also writes and ghosts books. She became interested in social history as a Trustee of the Museum of Cambridge, and for the past few years has been designing and delivering inspirational heritage projects for small independent museums.