Holst Birthplace Museum
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.
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.
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.
Texting Holst: the poetry that inspired the music of Gustav Holst
- 6 May 2016 7:30-9:30pm
Texting Holst: A talk by Nigel Simeone
on the poetry and other texts that inspired the music of Gustav Holst
NIGEL SIMEONE is a writer, teacher, broadcaster and conductor, with musical interests ranging from the eighteenth century to the present day. His lifelong passion for British music, particularly for Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Holst, goes back to his student years when was fortunate enough to visit Sir Adrian Boult regularly.
This talk will explore the extraordinary range of Holst’s literary inspirations – from Gnostic scripture and Sanskrit writings, via Shakespeare, Keats, and Whitman, to Humbert Wolfe – illustrated with musical examples.
The Phoenix Centre
86-90 Winchcombe Street
Tickets: available from the Holst Birthplace Museum and the Wilson Tourist Information Centre, or on the door – adults £10.00 (members £8.00), students / children £5.00; to include a glass of wine or a soft drink.
Regency Bake-Off at the Holst Birthplace Musueum
- 13 May 2016 6-7pm, 7:30-8:30pm
- 14 May 2016 10:30am-2:30pm
The Holst Birthplace Museum's annual Museums at Night celebration. Visit us and meet our costumed staff who will be cooking live on the Range, offering authentic Regency food and chat to us about Cheltenham's Regency History.
Book up early for events Friday 13th May, call the Museum 01242 524846. Limited availability.
Saturday 14th May there is no need to book. Children are FREE for this family event.
- Any age
Family (2+3) £12
Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
Education and events