During these unusual times general tours of the house are on hold. However, we are working on exciting new ways to for you to experience the house, including our new online guided tours.

We are creating a £1 million endowment to permanently secure our curator’s post.  We have until May 2021 to raise the final £50,000 and every contribution is doubled by National Heritage Lottery Fund. Help us share the stories of the house, forever by supporting us with a gift.

Our website has a wealth of fascinating information to explore including audio memories, stories and research. To keep up to date with the latest news, online talks and workshops, please sign up to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.



‘Pennies, Bullets and Saws – Mysteries, Characters and Conflicts from the Golden Age of Magic’ with Philip Bond

Day & time
Friday 12th March -7pm
Tickets via a donation
Virtually - via Zoom - a link will be sent to your email address prior to the event


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 continue to open the house and share its stories is by creating an endowment so we can work with visitors, volunteers and our community.
By supporting us you are helping to share the house 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.


We are the smallest and newest of only 11 institutions to receive match funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund and with your help have already raised £450,000.
We have until May 2021 to find the last £50,000 and every gift is doubled to make a £1 million endowment.


Make new friends, learn a skill, take part in research and contribute to the growing community around the David Parr House.


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.

Book up for one of 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.

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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?

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"A modest terrace house at 186 Gwydir Street, Cambridge preserves an extraordinary series of interiors."

Country Life

"The David Parr House in Britain is a sort of time capsule..."

The New York Times