Help us tell the stories of The David Parr House.

by The David Parr House in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom


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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 16th April 2021 at 6:00pm

Help us raise the last £10,000 of our £1 million match funded endowment

by The David Parr House in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom


Help us to tell the story of a remarkable Victorian artist decorator, David Parr, who transformed his family home with hand painted decoration over 40 years from 1887 to 1927 and whose granddaughter Elsie, moved into the house aged 12 and lived there for 85 years. 

By supporting us you will help to make sure we can share the house with as many people as possible. Like many organisations, we’ve had no paying visitors for nearly a year, which has caused an extra strain on our finances whilst fundraising for the endowment. Since 2017 supporters, funders and donors have given generously and now we are only £10,000 away from raising our first £1 million which will secure the future of the house.

It is completely unique to find exquisite hand-painted decoration and ornament in a working-class home combined with the preservation of a typical two-up-two-down terraced railway cottage complete with all the ephemera of 19th and 20th Century family lives – the combination makes for a time travelling experience in a rich jewel-like palimpsest. In August 2020 Historic England listed the house as Grade 2* because ' it is an extraordinary and unique example of the exquisite work of an artisan decorator and nothing else like it is known to survive elsewhere.'  


Unlocking this potential through the establishment of an endowment by securing a permanent full-time post curator for the house is the best way to share the stories of the house so please take a look at our amazing handmade rewards and support with a gift if you can and please tell your friends! 

The rewards are all unique, not available anywhere else and have been lovingly developed with artisans and crafts people especially for this crowdfunding campaign to say thank you for your gift so that you have something from the house to keep.

Rewards include:

- a private tour and tea for 6 people with Founder and Chair Tamsin Wimhurst


- two designs of silk scarves by Saskia Huning who restored David Parr’s hand-painted decoration and ornament


- beautiful handmade journals and notebooks by Helen Perry of


- signed copies of our newest publication about the F.R Leach firm where David Parr worked all his life


- delicious organic, sustainable and ethically sourced David Parr House patterned chocolates by Kellie Mewett of


(Left to right)  Saskia Huning , Helen Perry, writer Shelley Lockwood and Kellie Mewett.


Enamelled David Parr House badges


Help us to tell the stories of the house, forever.

Restoration and conservation of the house, its collections and gardens are complete and that means that they are now safe but making them fully accessible to the public is yet to be realised. Since opening in May 2019 visitors have been able to explore the house but we have so many more secrets to share. We want to continue with our physical and virtual tours in 2021 and beyond, launch new audio tours, take our House on a Bike out to meet people, host talks and events with specialist experts and explore new community partnerships. The house has been closed to visitors since March 2020 and is completely dependent on ticket sales and support from donors. In October 2020 it was one of the first art and heritage venues in the UK to launch virtual tours. Visitors book a ticket for an online tour and are led around a 3D virtual David Parr House by house-guide volunteers in real-time. Plans for reopening the house itself later in 2021 are in progress.

Image credits David Parr House CIO, Howard Rice, Shelley Lockwood, Saskia Huning, Helen Perry and Kellie Mewitt.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£200 or more

6 of 25 claimed

Stained Glass Silk Scarf by Saskia Huning

Own one of only 25 limited edition 100% silk scarves from an original design by Saskia Huning who restored David Parr's hand painted decoration in the house The design is inspired by the stained glass screen in the kitchen that David Parr hand painted in the 1890s. Printed in the UK onto 100% pure silk now you can wear a bit of the David Parr House wherever you go.

£5 or more

Donation without a reward

If you just want the warm fuzzy feeling without getting anything in return please give what you can

£10 or more

30 of 200 claimed

Limited edition enamelled David Parr House badge

Be rightly proud of showing your support with a limited edition gold and deep red coloured enamelled badge with The David Parr House logo.

£30 or more

15 of 40 claimed

A box of handmade artisan patterned chocolates

Be amongst the first to be able to taste one of David Parr's patterns reimagined in handmade organic sustainable and ethically-sourced chocolate. You will receive a limited edition box of 6 salted caramel ganache chocolates decorated with David Parr's own design in chocolate!! Handmade in the Taunton, Somerset by chocolatier Kellie Mewitt of

£65 or more

9 of 15 claimed

One of 15 handmade patterned journals

Choose from 3 colourways of this beautiful journal in its own slipcase for creative thoughts, inspirational sketches and heartfelt poetry. The notebook and slipcase are based on the striking red, green and gold patterns from David Parr's bedroom and are 15cm square, filled with 80 pages/160 sides of Fabriano Accademia 120gsm off white paper. Lovingly handmade by Helen Perry from

£200 or more

7 of 25 claimed

Goldfish Silk Scarf by Saskia Huning

Own one of only 25 100% silk scarves from an original design by Saskia Huning who restored David Parr's hand painted decoration in the house The design is inspired by the house coat that David Parr's granddaughter Elsie Palmer wore. Printed in the UK onto 100% pure silk now you can wear a bit of the David Parr House wherever you go.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

A private tour and high tea with Tamsin Wimhurst

Invite 5 of your friends and family to come on a very special private tour of the David Parr House and visitor centre with the Founder and Chair, Tamsin Wimhurst. She will tell you how she first visited the house in 2009 and as well as hearing about David Parr's decorations and you will see and hear all about the conservation and restoration work. Tea and cake will be served in the visitor centre. Date to be agreed at a mutually convenient time

£20 or more

30 of 30 claimed

A Signed copy of the new Leach Book

A signed copy of the latest David Parr House publication about the history of local firm F.R Leach and Sons firm where David Parr worked all his life. Every copy lovingly signed by author and historian Shelley Lockwood, who has been involved in the discovery and restoration of the house since the very earliest days of the project.

£125 or more

5 of 5 claimed

One of 5 limited edition inlaid hand made notebook

A limited edition of only 5 exquisite hand-made note books in a patterned slipcase for your own special sketches, ideas or memories, inspired by the pattern in the David Parr's bedroom with a hand-cut inlaid cover. A5 size filled with 96 pages/192 sides of cream 110gsm cartridge paper, this is suitable for use with fountain pens as well as biro's with 2 integral page markers. Lovingly handmade by Helen Perry from

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