Online Conservation and Restoration Tour

“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” John Ruskin


Running time
1 hour
£16 (17.50 with donation)
Returning Autumn 2022, individual tours are for 1 to 10 people per tour. For enquiries about online talks and tours for groups, please contact


Have you ever wondered how we conserved and restored the David Parr House?

Here is your chance to learn!

Returning Autumn 2022, using our innovative virtual 3D platform, your guide, Mary Kempski, will deliver an hour long live tour of the comprehensive  conservation and restoration processes that went into preserving the David Parr House for future generations. This is a fantastic way to learn more about the story of the house, whether you have visited us before (physically or virtually), or are new to our story.

As featured on Channel 4’s How to Paint the Mona Lisa, Mary Kempski is a highly experienced conservation professional. She studied History of Art and Fine Art at Reading University and then gained a postgraduate qualification in Painting Conservation at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, part of Cambridge University and a department of the Fitzwilliam Museum. She came back to the Institute to work and joined the staff, undertaking practical conservation on paintings from all periods and teaching the next generation of conservators. Her interests lie especially in historic techniques and it was this interest that brought her to the David Parr House after her retirement, where David Parr’s painting technique was very familiar to her, particularly since the Hamilton Kerr Institute had undertaken analysis of paint samples from the house.

After booking a tour you will be sent a confirmation email and, prior to your tour, you will be emailed with a unique link and password for your booked time and date. This will also include an introduction video to the story of the house – please watch this before your tour! Clicking the link will allow you to meet Mary for your  hour long, personally guided virtual tour of this very special house. Each tour is for up to ten visitors with a guide and steward (one ticket per visitor).

At the end of the tour, you have the opportunity to explore the 3D house on your own and access additional content through ‘hotspots’ embedded in every room. Watch conservation videos, listen to audio memories and the sounds of the house, find out more through photographs and documents – there is a wealth of information to explore. You can access this platform for a week.

We are really delighted to have developed a tour which can be delivered by our wonderful guides from the safety of their homes, directly into your home. As one of the first Heritage organisations to be using the technology in this way, we find ourselves as pioneers and would like to thank Historic England and the Arts Council for their funding and support.

Booking Info

Please book one ticket per viewer. If two people are viewing the tour, please buy two tickets. The online tour is an important way for us to generate revenue in order for us to continue to share the house.

Before your tour you will be sent the unique URL via email with links and password.

The guided session will be via Zoom, – please make sure that you have Zoom installed on your device and are familiar with how it works if this is your first time using it. To explore the virtual space after the guided session you must ensure you are using one of the following browsers:

Windows: Chrome, Firefox, Edge (Chromium version only)

Android: Chrome

Mac OS (Mac / Macbook): Safari, Chrome

iOS (iPad / iPhone): Safari

Failure to use the browsers listed above will result in the tour not working correctly.

Please ensure that your camera and microphone are working before the tour commences.

Visit our FAQ page for further information.

Refunds Please Note  – We are unable to offer refunds on tickets purchased.



Help Support the David Parr House through Gift Aid

If you are a UK tax payer you can support the David Parr House by opting to Gift Aid your ticket.  By choosing to give a 10% donation, the Government will give us an extra 25% on top of your donation. It makes a massive difference to charities like us, and makes a significant contribution to the maintenance of the House.

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We look forward to welcoming you to our online house.