Tamsin Wimhurst will deliver a fascinating talk on the remarkable David Parr House. Following the talk we will hold a brief Essex Group AGM.
David Parr House
David Parr was an 'artistic decorator' who worked for some of our best known Victorian designers of the day, such as William Morris and George Bodley. He decorated churches and palaces for those who could afford such decoration but in his spare time he came home and decorated his humble terrace house in the same style. Lived in by his granddaughter until a few years, ago its interior remained a wondrous hidden secret. Now it is being saved, restored and opened up to the public so that many more can enjoy its unique atmosphere.
The Essex Regional Group is planning a visit to the house itself in October 2019.
Tamsin Wimhurst is a Trustee and founder of the David Parr House Charitable Incorporated Organisation which was set up in 2014 to conserve and open up the house to the public. Before this she worked in curation, project management and education in the heritage industry, working with a wide variety of communities in order to help them access their history and encourage an interest in their past. She is a passionate supporter of small independent museums, with a special interest in local and women's history.
10:30 Arrival and tea/coffee and biscuits.
11:00 David Parr House talk (around 1 hr).
14:30 Optional Visit to 25-27 Church Street, including refreshment.
The cost for the David Parr talk inclusive of refreshments is £5.
Lunch is not included in the programme, but the nearby Bell Inn and the Fighting Cocks both serve food at lunchtime.
Members may be interested in the viewing the church, St Mary the Virgin, which dates from the 11th century. This will be open if members wish to view it before or afer the talk.
In the afternoon, SPAB Technical Director and Essex Regional Group Committee member, Douglas Kent, will be conducting a tour of his pride and joy, 25-27 Church Street in nearby Saffron Walden. This tour is not a SPAB event but can be booked here: https://douglaskentheritage.co.uk/
Also of potential interest to members, a 12th Century Live Living History Event at Saffron Walden Museum, with military drills, period costume, games, crafts and cooking, taking place in the museum and castle grounds, 10 am to 3.30 pm. Charges apply.
About the Essex Regional Group
The SPAB Essex Regional Group was formed in 2000 and has been active ever since. The types of visits are fun, interesting and educational with an annual social event, normally in an historic building. Our participants vary from interested SPAB members wanting to enhance their knowledge of historic buildings to professionals using the visits as part of their continuing professional development programme.
Booking Terms & Conditions
Accessibility: please contact the Group Organiser before booking to discuss any special access requirements.