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.

Dr Ayla Lepine  is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. A specialist in the Gothic Revival and Cambridge architectural history, she is also a churchwarden of All Saints, Jesus Lane in Cambridge, a Grade I church by G F Bodley with a wealth of F R Leach & Co interior decoration. Following her PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, Ayla held fellowships and lectureships at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music, the Courtauld Research Forum, and the University of Nottingham. She publishes and lectures widely, and is completing a book on the impact of medievalism in modern American and British cities.


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.