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Our city owes much to A Space of One’s Own, an exhibition held at The Museum of Cambridge (then the Folk Museum) more than a decade ago. It took the viewer inside usually private spaces, each with a story to tell - and one was the Gwydir Street terrace now known as David Parr House.

A Space of One's Own - Contributor Jenny in her Arts & Crafts interior ©Jenny Barnish (35358947)
A Space of One's Own - Contributor Jenny in her Arts & Crafts interior ©Jenny Barnish (35358947)

Curator Tamsin Wimhurst first went to the property to interview Elsie Palmer, the then-owner and descendent of Parr, a prodigiously skilled Arts & Crafts painter who’d hand-decorated every wall. The meeting ultimately led to the foundation of the David Parr Charity, the conservation of the house and its opening to the public.

With the house currently closed amid the virus crisis, the David Parr team have decided to re-run A Space of One’s Own online. With everyone confined largely to home, the show is timely. “As we focus on our homes with a new intensity,” they explain, “we hope that the exhibition will inspire people to think about their own space and what it means to them.”

* View the exhibition now at davidparrhouse.org


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