Holst Birthplace Museum

Exterior of the Holst Birthplace Museum - a small terraced Regency house built in about 1830.
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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, Regency cookery sessions, children's activities - happening throughout the year. There is a specialist shop for Holst's music on CD and other Holst / music / Victorian life-themed gifts.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Mid February to 30 June, 1 Oct to mid 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.

Admission charges

Adults: £6.00
Concessions: £5.50
Family Ticket: £14.00 (2+3)
Child £2.00
under 5 free
Museum Association Members: Free
Art Fund Members: Free

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Merton College Choir concert

Concert by Merton College Choir (director: Benjamin Nicholson)

  • 24 February 2018 7:30-9:30pm

The Holst Birthplace Museum is delighted to present a concert by the superb Merton College Choir in the stunning surroundings of Cheltenham College Chapel. The programme will include works by Walton, Byrd, Vaughan Williams and pieces commissioned by the choir.

Tickets available from:
• Holst Museum, 4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham GL52 2AY: 01242-524846
• The Wilson Tourist Information Centre, Cheltenham: 01242-237431
• On-line via the Holst Museum website (What’s On section): http://holstmuseum.org.uk/merton-college-choir/

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Cheltenham College Chapel
Sandford Road
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL53 7LD
England

Admission

Tickets (unreserved): £15 (adult), £12 (Holst Birthplace Trust members), £8 (students / children) to include a glass of wine or soft drink.

Tickets available from:
• Holst Museum, 4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham GL52 2AY: 01242-524846
• The Wilson Tourist Information Centre, Cheltenham: 01242-237431
• On-line via the Holst Museum website (What’s On section): http://holstmuseum.org.uk/merton-college-choir/ (please note - a small charge applies to online bookings).

Website

http://holstmuseum.org.uk/merton-college-choir/

Talk on Victorian Parlours

Busts, Shells, Feathers...and The Piano: The Victorian Parlour

  • 24 March 2018 7:30-9:30pm

A talk by Sonia Solicari, Director of The Geffrye Museum of the Home, London
(https://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/)

A fascinating insight into the world of the Victorian parlour and all its magnificent decorations.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

Harwood Hall, Christchurch
Malvern Road
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 2JH
England

Admission

Tickets: £12 (adult), £10 (Holst Birthplace Trust Member), £5 (student / child)
Available from:
Holst Birthplace Museum, 4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham GL52 2AY (01242-524846)
The Wilson Tourist Information Centre, Cheltenham (01242-237431)
The Holst Birthplace Museum website: www.holstmuseum.org.uk

Website

http://holstmuseum.org.uk/victorian-parlour-talk-sonia-solicari-24th-march-2018/

Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL52 2AY
England

Website

www.holstmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

Curator

curator@holstmuseum.org.uk

Education and events

learning@holstmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01242 524846

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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