As an independent charity with no statutory or government funding we are creating an endowment to share the stories of the house, forever. We have raised more than 80% and have until May 2021 to find the last few gifts . Every contribution is doubled by National Lottery Heritage Fund and brings us closer to our goal. 100% of your gift goes towards this bright future for The David Parr House.


In 1912, David Parr inscribed ‘If you do anything, do it well’ on his Drawing Room wall – and that’s our inspiration.

David Parr House is a tiny venue with big ambitions to create a £1m endowment fund so we can deliver an inspiring programme of exhibitions, events, tours and learning activities. As a small independent charity we receive no statutory funding, so we’d love your help to save the house for future generations and share its stories.

Every £1 you give will be doubled by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. See what difference your gift could make.

Make a donation

Founding Members and Patrons

“The David Parr House is a treasure-trove of discovery… it represents an extraordinary survival of modest domesticity in a city where we have lost all evidence of what day to day family life was like in the early twentieth century.”

  • Dame Fiona Reynolds
  • David Parr House Founding Member No. 1
  • Master, Emmanuel College and Former Director-General of the National Trust

For an annual donation of £500 per person or £900 per couple our benefits include:

  • Hand-printed founding member certificate
  • Limited edition enamelled members badge
  • Annual members event at an exclusive Cambridge venue
  • Access to the latest David Parr House news and research
  • 100% of your membership is matched by the Heritage Lottery Fund and goes towards employing our first curator

To become one of only a limited number of one hundred and eighty-six founding members please email our development team.

Our founding patrons can visit with a friend at no charge and are offered personalised private tours with the opportunity to view and handle special objects. For more details email our development team.

186 Founding Members Library

Join the founding members for exclusive access to articles from our research.

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Looking to volunteer in Cambridge? We’d love you to get involved.

Our many volunteers say that volunteering with us is an extremely enjoyable experience. 

People join for many different reasons. Some are inspired by a visit to the David Parr House and want to find out more, others are keen to do something active in their community or want to feel useful. Many say that they love feeling part of a team, others say that they enjoy learning new skills and sharing expertise. 

By volunteering for the David Parr House one thing’s for sure, you would be making a difference. We are simply not able to function without our volunteers who provide excellent experiences for our visitors and are vital to every area of the organisation. Volunteers run tours, carry out research, lead events and walking trails, help with admin and recording, carry out cataloguing, fund-raising, marketing and strategy, and so on! Our volunteers are now also ever more actively involved in shaping and developing the David Parr House’s future plans.

Interested in getting involved?

We welcome expressions of interest from any potential volunteer at any time. Not everyone can be matched to a suitable role as soon as they contact us, but we always keep in touch, as new opportunities arise, with those who submit our volunteer form below. 

How far you get involved is up to you. Volunteers may sign up for regular weekly activities with an agreed rota, or for occasional activities, such as helping out at events. There are even volunteering activities you can carry out for us at home from the comfort of your own laptop. 

In turn we offer volunteer events, the opportunity to take part in training as well as occasional volunteer exchange schemes with other local arts organisations. 

If you are interested in joining us please email

Thank you!

Thank You to all the

Architects Arrangers Builders Bloggers Cleaners Carpenters Conservators Consulters Crafters Creators Designers Decorators Discoverers Diggers Dusters Donors Evaluators Editors Fitters Funders Families Guiders Grafters Gogetters Gardeners Givers Helpers Inspectors Instagrammers Identifiers Jugglers Knowers Lawyers Lighters Managers Monitors Neighbours Organisers Planners Plasterers Painters Planters Pointers Photographers Partners Printers put-a-backers Researchers Recorders Restorers Repairers Smilers Sloggers Sweepers Supporters Seekers Stickers Toilers The Team Techies Underlings Volunteers Visitors Vaccumers Writers Wrappers Xeroxers Xtras Yessers Youngsters

And the Zestfulnessers

And finally all the David Parr‘ers and Frederick Leach’ers of this world – this house is for you.

Supporter’s Board

The David Parr House is grateful to the following for their support.


National Lottery Heritage Fund
The Foyle Foundation
The Pilgrim Trust
The Amey Community Fund
The Wolfson Foundation
The Dovehouse Trust
The Mandarin Trust
Cambs Antique Centre
Binks Trust
The Golsonscott Foundation

Arts Council England

Historic England


Mike Inglis and Caitriona Bearryman
Amicia de Moubray
Pamela Raspe
Serena Prest
Suranga and Gemma Chandratillake
Anne and Youri Dabrowski
Michael Chisholm
Henry and Karin Elliot

Mike Muller for donating the funds to purchase the two properties, the 186 Founding Members and all our donors who wish to remain anonymous.