Thanks to our amazing funders and supporters we have raised £450,000 since 2017 and have until May 2021 to find the last £50,000.

Every gift is doubled by National Lottery Heritage Fund and brings us closer to our goal to raise £1 million.

Since opening to the public in May 2019 visitors have been able to explore the house and we still have so many more secrets to share.  


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 £1 million 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 share the house with future generations.

£500 is 10% of the total we need to raise by May 2021 and all donors at this level and above receive personal updates on the latest news and behind the scenes access.

100% of your gift goes towards this bright future for The David Parr House. Click on the donation button to see what a difference your gift could make.

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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
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.