Help us tell the stories of the house, forever!

Every gift goes towards telling the stories of the house through tours, events, exhibitions, talks, workshops and outreach.

We still have so many more secrets to share so please give us a gift to help craft a bright future at 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 and we have started by creating a £1 million endowment fund so we can deliver an inspiring programme every year to audiences near and far, both at the house and online. As a small independent charity we receive no statutory funding, so we’d love your help to share the house with future generations.

100% of your gift goes towards this bright future – click donate to see what difference your gift could make.

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You can support The David Parr House when you shop. Browse our bespoke in-house range of gifts and products in our online shop or select The David Parr House as your chosen charity when you shop with Amazon Smile.


Leaving a gift in your will could be one of the most important ways you could support The David Parr House. Without any statutory funding, we rely on support from donors and benefactors to tell the stories of the house.  David Parr and his granddaughter Elsie Palmer made such a difference to our lives with what they left behind.

You could write yourself into the story so when you make your Will, or update your current one, please consider a gift to The David Parr House.

It can be as simple as a percentage of your Estate, or a specific sum to support our work. If you are considering a bequest please see the FAQs and codicil. If you would like to discuss your gift we would love to hear from you.

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 are recruiting for our next cohort of volunteer House Guides to guide visitors around the house on our regular public tour days on Thursdays and Saturdays and for private tours. We are also recruiting guides for our innovative online virtual tours – so there are lots of opportunities to join our wonderful team!  

What does the role involve?

The David Parr House can only accommodate visitors in parties of six and visitors are, at all times, accompanied by a guide and a steward. Guides take turns to guide and then steward two tours in each volunteer session. The house is run as a charity and we can’t open without our volunteer team!              

Trainee guides who have been selected to take part in the programme will complete a seven-week training programme both online and in person at 184 Gwydir Street, (the visitor centre) The training will begin in December with a view to beginning your guiding in February.  

Guides will learn from our core script for the house which you can then deliver in a way that reflects your own expertise, interests and passions. Learning and resarching about the history of the David Parr House and Leach company along the way. 

You will be expected to volunteer at least once a fortnight and be computer literate. Physical House Guides shoud be intending to live in Cambridge or its nearest villages for the next two years. Virtual house guides can be located anywhere!

If you think you would like to join our friendly team, send an email detailing any relevant experience to

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.

Supporters 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
Art Fund
Harriet’s Trust
Art Friends Cambridgeshire


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.