Holst Birthplace Museum
Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
Education and events
The Holst Birthplace Museum aims to celebrate the life and works of Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets. The museum was opened by Holst's daughter Imogen in 1975. Built in 1832, the birthplace is a mid-terrace townhouse of typical Regency style, retaining original nineteenth century features. Special events - Victorian Days, music lectures, children's activities - happen throughout the year. There is a specialist shop for Holst's music on CD.
11 February to 30 June, 1 Oct to 13 Dec: Tues to Sat 10.00 - 16.00, Closed Sun & Mon.
1 July to 30 September: Tues to Sat 10.00 - 17.00, Sun 13.30 - 17.00. Closed Mon.
Open Bank Holidays. Open for the Heritage Open Weekend.
Pre-booked groups can sometimes be accommodated on closed days.
Family Ticket: £12.00 (2+3)
under 5 free
Museum Association Members: Free
Art Fund Members: Free
- Museums Association
Due to the character of the building it is regretted that access is difficult for wheelchair users. There are 3 steps up to the front door and staircases to all floors in the building (basement to second floor). There is no lift but there is a handrail for all stairs except the entrance steps.
Holst's piano, family items and extensive printed archive of photographs and ephemera. Holst's music is played in the Music Room. Also paintings by Fuseli's pupil Theodor von Holst (1810-44). The extensive social history collection of domestic items is displayed in period room settings: Regency drawing room, Victorian bedroom, Edwardian nursery and a working c.1880s basement of kitchen, scullery, larder and servants' rooms.
Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Personalities, Photography, Social History, Toys and Hobbies
Key artists and exhibits
- Gustav Holst's Collard and Collard piano; paintings by Theodor von Holst.
Pop Goes the Planets! Exhibition – Part of The Planets: 2014. Celebrating 100 years of Gustav Holst’s Masterpiece
- 18 October — 6 December 2014 *on now
'Pop goes the Planets' is a revealing new exhibition which highlights the huge impact that 'The Planets' has had on popular culture from computer games to pop hits ,not to mention its impact on a number of Hollywood film scores.
This exhibition, compiled from the extensive archives of Holst scholar Neil Arthur Williams, is all about the Planets’ popular culture, reception, history and use in pop, rock, television, movies, computer games and all manner of modern things. Holst’s Planets has been used, quoted from, borrowed from, stolen from and been the inspirational compositional source of film music more than any other work in the entire canon of classical music.
Rock and pop memorabilia, album covers, rare film posters, CDs , computer games and children’s entertainment products will all form part of the exhibition
This special centenary exhibition is included in the museum’s normal admission price and it is hoped will particularly appeal to young music fans who may have previously considered classical music to be dry and inaccessible. Holst’s The Planets has been recently named as part of the BBC’s Ten Pieces project – an initiative to inspire and engage primary school children to get creative with classical music.
- Any age
Normal museum entry admission applies
Adult £5.00 Concession £4.50 Child £2.00 Under 5 free
Family ticket £12.00
Pop Goes The Planets. Talk - Planets Centenary Programme 2014
- 24 October 2014 7:30-9:30pm
Pop Goes The Planets : from Top of The Pops to Super Mario, Hollywood and Beyond!
Presented by Neil Arthur Williams, Holst scholar and
life member of the Holst Birthplace Museum who
illustrates this fascinating talk with items from his vast
Holst family media archive collected over 25 years.
“You will be utterly amazed to see just how far and
wide Holst’s Planets has brought its influence to bear
in so many different ways”. Neil Arthur Williams
The Planets has been used, quoted from, borrowed from, stolen from and been the inspirational compositional source of film music more than any other work in the entire canon of classical music.
To include a glass of wine or soft drink.
86 – 90 Winchcombe Street
Close to Cheltenham Town Centre bus services and car parks.
Adults - £10.00
Holst Birthplace Trust Members - £8.00
Students - £5.00
Available from the Holst Birthplace Museum
Children’s Activities at the Holst Birthplace Museum Traditional Halloween
- 28 October 2014 10:30am-3pm
Traditional Halloween Drop-in children’s activity.
Make Monster Masks and follow the Spooky Trail.
Frighten your family this Halloween!
Adults - £5
Concessions - £4.50
Up to three children FREE with a paying adult
The Secrets of The Planets – Planets Centenary Programme 2014
- 21 November 2014 7:30-9:30pm
The Holst Birthplace Museum and The Cotswold Astronomical Society present a unique fifty minute film devised by Mark Gibbons showing stunning shots of the planets and amazing facts about them. The soundtrack will be Holst’s Planets Suite.
The film will be followed by a finger buffet with wine and soft drinks included.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Christ Church Hall
Adults - £12.00
Holst Birthplace Trust Members - £10.00
Students - £6.00
Family ticket £24.00
Available from the Holst Birthplace Museum and Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre.
Traditional Victorian Christmas at The Holst Birthplace Museum.
- 6 December 2014 10am-3pm
Christmas greenery, parlour games, and a roaring fire in the cosy kitchen. Forget the shops and celebrate a simpler Christmas, the Victorian way.
Children’s drop in activities from 10.30 to 3.00.
Making cards, stirring the Christmas pudding, making peppermint creams and pine cone robins.
Communal carol singing around Holst’s piano at 2.30 including Holst’s popular setting of ‘In The Bleak Mid Winter.’
- Any age
Adult £5.00 Concession £4.50 Up to three children free.