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.
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.
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.
How important is it to have our own private space? Do you have a particular room or space that represents the person you are, or how you like to live?
These were the questions that were asked in the formulation of an exhibition called ‘A Space of One’s Own’ at the Museum of Cambridge (then the Folk Museum) back in 2009. Based on photographs by Alexandra Murphy, interviews and text by Jane Phillimore and curated by Tamsin Wimhurst, the exhibition explored these questions through a
Thank you to all our contributors We would love you to be part of this conversation by contributing your own thoughts and pictures. As we all focus on our homes with a new intensity we hope that the exhibition has inspired you to think about your own space and what it means to you. To
A Space of One’s Own: Tamsin
‘When my children were old enough to want their own rooms their discarded joint bedroom became my study. It was the first time that I had ever had a ‘space of my own’ and I didn’t realise how important this was until I had it. It is a very personal space – a room where I
A Space of One’s Own: Shelley
‘This is my room, it’s very me. When we painted the walls, I chose the colour – a dark, picture room red – and that’s probably when the room became mine. It’s known as a quiet place, a retreat, and if I shut the door (which I rarely do) nobody comes in without knocking. But it’s
A Space of One’s Own: Saskia
‘I have lived in this house for 29 years, and 7 years ago I started painting the walls of my dining room. My room became my canvas and continues to be a space that I work and draw in. It’s a place where I surround myself with design ideas and references gathered at exhibitions. It
A Space of One’s Own: Sarah
‘I first saw it in my minds eye. We were living in Ethiopia at the time, where I started to paint (of all places!). In Ethiopia we had plenty of space and I had my own little room behind the house, a kind of storeroom, with rats in the ceiling space, evidenced every morning by fresh droppings
A Space of One’s Own: Philip
‘I have a few favourite spaces – creative spaces such as the joinery shop with the roar of the machinery and the smell of the timber; the machine shop with its characteristic oily smells and metallic sounds; the garden with the bird song and the natural fragrances; the theatre stage – although that is my own
A Space of One’s Own: Mary
In our last portrait we return to the beginning in the form of diorama based on the space occupied by Mary Parr, wife of David and grandmother of Elsie. Set in 1920, when David had completed painting the blue flower pattern over the fireplace, the room box shows what the kitchen, scullery and W.C. might
A Space of One’s Own: Mark
‘It’s a studio I had built in the garden a few years ago. I remember decorating it carefully, all in white and thinking what a great, white empty space it was, but it soon filled up with work, paints, books, plants, photographs, tools, work table, drawing board etc. It’s a light, bright space, and I like the doors open in the summer, and it has a heater in the winter. I
A Space of One’s Own: Jenny
‘I’m a really creative person and I absolutely love the Arts and Crafts movement. Unfortunately, there is no way I could afford to live in an Arts and Crafts house, so I decided that my craftroom should reflect that period. I set myself a brief; I had to have lots of storage space for those things that
A Space of One’s Own: Helena
‘I have come to love and accept change; I admit it has not always been so. I think it has something to do with ageing and the realisation that life is change. So, with the arrival of the covid-19 lockdown came the opportunity to reconsider the space where I am happiest and spend most of my time
A Space of One’s Own: Elsie
‘I wasn’t born here, I was born in Parsonage Street, the middle one between two brothers. My mother was at home looking after us, and my father worked at the gasworks on Newmarket Road. When I was 12, my grandfather died and I moved into this house to keep my grandmother company. Just me. I
A Space of One’s Own: David
‘When we bought this house six years ago, there was a massive, seven-trunked bay tree in the courtyard. Its canopy was touching the house and the roots were pushing over the garden walls. It had to go. It went. I was quite sad at losing it, but suddenly this tiny, damp courtyard space seemed full
A Space of One’s Own: Anne-Marie
‘I found this space, a Victorian walled garden, nearly 10 years ago now. I wanted to start a seasonal, sustainable ﬂower growing business and I had been on the lookout for a piece of land ideal for growing. When I ﬁrst visited this space, surrounded by woodland, I just fell in love. It was the
Marion plays hymns from the House collection
Neighbours and family remember hearing Elsie playing hymns on the piano.
Marion plays Christmas melodies from the House collection
Marion plays Christmas melodies from the House collection
Marion plays ‘Marigolds’ by Sebastian Claude Ridley
Marion plays ‘Marigolds’ by Sebastian Claude Ridley from his Floral Album for the Pianoforte. Sebastian Claude Ridley was organist at St John’s, Tuebrook in Liverpool 1870-78.
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 email@example.com.
Thank You to all the
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And the Zestfulnessers
And finally all the David Parr‘ers and Frederick Leach’ers of this world – this house is for you.
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
The Golsonscott Foundation
Arts Council England
Mike Inglis and Caitriona Bearryman
Amicia de Moubray
Suranga and Gemma Chandratillake
Anne and Youri Dabrowski
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.