Explore

Explore activities, blogposts and talks that showcase the many different aspects of the David Parr House that cannot be shown within the confined space of its four walls.

Blog

We have a growing library of blog posts by volunteers and interested parties which you can read.

READ THE BLOG

Bringing the House to You

Want to bring the magic of the house to your group, community or school? We have lots of outreach options for you!

Museum on a Bike

The tyres on our Museum on a Bike are a little deflated and until we can ride it again, whilst observing social distancing, we are unable to pump them up!   In fully inflated times we love to cycle it around to different events and venues with a variety of activities on board to bring the David Parr House to you. Read below all the activities we can offer you on our two wheels…

Museum on a Bike
Cabinet of Curiosities

Discover the house by opening up the many different drawers hidden inside this travel chest.


Elsie and Alfred’s Suitcases

Remember life in the 20th Century? These suitcases will bring your memories back to you and fit in nicely to any Reminiscence Sessions or Homes in the Past school workshops.
The David Parr House in Miniature

These room boxes transport you back to the time when David Parr lived in the house with his wife and young family. Suitable for many different events and also schools doing Victorians or Homes in the Past.
Automata of David Parr

Let David Parr paint your wall design. Suitable for a children’s activity or many different events. Just a little bit of fun!
Multi-Sensory Wall

Feel and find out about the walls of the David Parr House.


Tools of the Trade Travelling Box

How did David Parr paint his walls with the intricate designs? What tools did he use and what skills did he need? All the answers are inside this box.
Activity Boxes

We have a variety of simple arts and crafts activities that would suit school age upwards.

To discuss which activities would suit your event or organisation the best and to book please e-mail info@davidparrhouse. The cost varies depending on the type of organisation that you are and the length of time that we will spend with you.

A suitcase full of memories

Talks by Tamsin Wimhurst

We have two talks that relate to the house. Each talk is 45/50 mins long with a 15 minute Q & A session at the end. We can bring all our own equipment but would need a screen or white wall to project onto. Digital talks and tours are also available for groups – please get in touch at info@davidparrhouse.org to discuss.

  1. The David Parr House – an extraordinary Cambridge home. David Parr was an ‘artistic decorator’ who worked for some of our best known Victorian designers of the day such as William Morris and George Bodley. He decorated churches and palaces for those who could afford such decoration but in his spare time he come home and decorated his humble terrace house in the same style. Lived in by his granddaughter until a few years ago its interior remained a wondrous hidden secret. This talk tells how it was saved and the story of this amazing little house and its owners.
  2. Pointing, Plaster and Paint. ‘You have all the issues of a stately home but on a much smaller scale, and it does not make it any easier’. So Tamsin was told by her Paint Conservator in 2014, just after the Charity had been set up in order to conserve and open the house up to the public. This story tells the journey that the Charity went through, the necessary conservation work on the house and the many wonderful discoveries that were found along the way as the official opening day came ever closer. This talk is most suitable if your organisation has already had the first talk, that introduces the house and its stories, or is especially interested in conservation.

Cost per talk:  Between £40 – £120 depending on the type of organisation and the venue location.

To book a talk or discuss your requirements further please e-mail: tamsin@davidparrhouse.org

Tamsin Wimhurst is Founder and Chair of Trustees of the David Parr House CIO.