ARTs and CRAFTS - SUMMER 2019
David Parr House
Wednesday 22 May
9.00 am, 11.00 am and 1.00pm
David Parr’s home is a unique testament to one man and the skills he learnt at the Cambridge firm of F R Leach & Sons who worked with many of the top designers and architects of the day. Getting home from a day's work in the 1890s, he recreated the patterns and designs of the Arts & Crafts era in his own small terraced house in meticulous detail. His house was preserved by David Parr’s granddaughter, Elsie Palmer, who lived there for over 85 years. It will open for small numbers of visitors this summer and we are delighted to be one of the first groups to visit the house after a two year renovation.
Cost: £35 including refreshments, numbers are extremely limited
William Morris Gallery
Thursday 13 June
10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Many of the decorations that David Parr worked on in his ‘day job’ with FR Leach & Sons were designed by William Morris, one of the most important designers of the 19th century. Morris was a pioneer of pattern and a champion of handmade production as well as a writer, poet, publisher, early conservationist and radical socialist. The William Morris Gallery displays one of the largest collections of Morris’s work at his childhood home, Water House, in Walthamstow. Our visit to the gallery will include a private curator led tour, followed by time to look closely at the fascinating displays and visit the gardens where we will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch together (weather permitting).
Cost: £65 including transport, private tour of the museum, coffee and lunch. Meet at Trumpington Park and Ride
Arts and Craft in Cambridge
Wednesday 3 July
10.00am - 12.30pm
To complement our visits to the David Parr House and the William Morris Gallery, this tour will take us to some of the Arts and Crafts buildings in Cambridge. We will start at Jesus College where the chapel was decorated by FR Leach and Sons in the 1860s under the direction of William Morris, before going on to visit All Saints and St Clements churches. David Parr’s initials have recently been discovered on the wall decorations at All Saints Church while at St Clements a portrait of William Morris can be seen in the mural painting. The tour will be led by Yvonne Pinchen, a Cambridge Green Badge guide, who has a special interest and knowledge of Arts and Crafts in Cambridge and Sarah Burles.
Cost: £30 including refreshments