The Newton School of Metalwork began at the peak of the Arts & Crafts Movement as one of numerous classes under the umbrella of the Home Arts and Industries Association (H.A.I.A) but it was one of only a small number of these to become both a thriving metal working school and successful village industry that operated for over half a century. The exhibition explores the foundations of this local School, the designers who contributed their expertise and the workers who skilfully executed their designs through over 40 pieces displayed in our visitor centre.
As a complimentary resource to our physical exhibition we have created an exhibition website where you also explore the objects and discover the rich archive of design history and workers behind them and learn more about the history of the School. The link to the website will be available when the exhibition opens.
To coincide with the exhibition we have created an exciting programme of talks and workshops. Whether you live near or far, we hope you can join us, in person or digitally! See our events listed below.
Dave Marshall’s exhibition online talk is now available to watch on demand – please click here to purchase.
The David Parr House is an ordinary Cambridge terraced house containing an extraordinary secret world – an Arts & Crafts worker’s home with many stories to tell.
The house has been saved by a dedicated team of workers, volunteers and generous donors. Now we are crafting its future.
As an independent charity the only way for us to share the stories of the house is to build up our endowment so we can continue to work with visitors, volunteers and our community.
By supporting us you are helping to share the house with everyone and tell its stories, forever. Donate now.
Join our community of regular donors, funders and supporters who enjoy behind the scenes access, the latest research and special events. By supporting our endowment you are helping to us to deliver tours of the house, exhibitions, talks, workshops and community outreach.
In April 2021 National Lottery Heritage Fund matched every pound we had raised to create a £1 million endowment. Thank you so much to every single one of you that has helped by giving a gift, your time, your creativity and above all your enthusiasm. The endowment will continue to grow to craft a bright future for the house and its collections.
Make new friends, learn a skill, take part in research and contribute to the growing community around the David Parr House. We are currently recruiting for our next cohort of house guides! Click the link below for the details!
For years the David Parr House at 186 Gwydir Street has been one of Cambridge’s best kept secrets. Join us and find out why.
Returning in Autumn 2022, our limited online tours to experience a colourful world full of art, family stories and mid-20th century memorabilia.
Perfect for anyone interested in art, crafts, social history or simply looking for something inspirational and different to do, our intimate online tours are just one way to get involved.
Please contact us for details about online talks and tours for groups – firstname.lastname@example.org
From the moment that Tamsin first saw the house and spoke to Elsie in 2009 she knew she had stumbled upon something special. How could such a house be saved?
"A modest terrace house at 186 Gwydir Street, Cambridge preserves an extraordinary series of interiors."
"The David Parr House in Britain is a sort of time capsule..."
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