Opening Hours

Café, galleries and shop: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

House: Tuesday – Sunday 12  – 5pm

Free, timed entry tickets to the House are available at the information desk on arrival or online here.

Last entry to the House is at 4.30pm

Please note that our galleries will be closed from
8 – 22 October 2018
Contact Us

+44 (0)1223 748 100
mail@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk

 

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2017 was not just an exciting year for Kettle’s Yard. Our friends at the David Parr House had their busiest year yet! Work began on two new projects. Life and Art in a Worker’s House will conserve and restore the David Parr House; and Underpinning the DPH will build a £1m endowment fund over the next four years.

Life and Art in a Worker’s House began in May when they packed up the house, photographing every item in its place so that they can restore everything exactly as it was; wrapping, boxing and removing furniture and artefacts for cataloguing and cleaning; and freezing the textiles to kill off pests. Access Cambridge Archaeology excavated two test pits in the garden, and black plastic was laid to eradicate the ground elder.

One of the most exciting moments was the unveiling of the David Parr House’s new front exterior. They decided to replicate the original 1914 colour scheme David Parr outlined in his notebook – he painted the windows ‘light oak’; the brick reveals ‘bright red’; the sills ‘stone colour’; and the front door ‘white’. It took months of careful sampling and paint analysis by highly skilled colleagues at the Hamilton Kerr Institute  they ended up testing around 30 different hues and shades, and eventually matched the final colour choices (forget science!) by eye. They’re hoping that ‘David Parr c.1914’ starts a new Cambridge trend  …

Although they are closed, the David Parr House has recruited new faces to join their team of friendly volunteers. The focus of the Life and Art volunteer programme to date has been recruiting and training these new volunteers. Ten collections volunteers are creating a digital catalogue of the contents of the house; and eight research volunteers are uncovering the story of the Cambridge firm of Leach & Sons for which David Parr worked, and finding out more about the life of the Parrs on Gwydir Street from 1887 to 1927.

Stay up to date with all the David Parr House activity on their website or by following them on Twitter and Facebook. We’re excited to see the development as it continues!