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, children's activities - happen throughout the year. There is a specialist shop for Holst's music on CD.

Venue Type:

Museum

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

2015
Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £4.50
Family Ticket: £12.00 (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.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Gustav Holst

Holst Birthplace Museum - New Acquisitions Exhibition - 2015

  • 25 March 2015 — 2 April 2016 *on now

This exhibition showcases the Museum's most recent acquisitions to its collection.
Star items include three original carte-de-visite photographs of Gustav Holst as a child which have never been on display or published before.
Other items include letters to Holst from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Hubert Parry.
There is also a delightful letter from Holst addressed to the new born baby boy of one of his friends.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal museum entry admission applies
Adult £5.00 Concession £4.50 Child £2.00 Under 5 free
Family ticket £12.00

Website

http://www.holstmuseum.org.uk

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.
Holst walking to Cheltenham with his trombone

Abroad as I was walking: a talk on English Folk song in the Music of Gustav Holst

  • 11 September 2015 7:30-9:30pm

ABROAD AS I WAS WALKING: ENGLISH FOLK SONG IN THE MUSIC OF GUSTAV HOLST

A talk by Michael Short (author of “Gustav Holst: The Man And His Music”), focusing on Holst’s folk song repertoire.

Tickets available from the Holst Birthplace Museum or the Tourist Office in Cheltenham.

Holst Birthplace Museum:
01242 524846
curator@holstmuseum.org.uk
Website - www.holstmuseum.org.uk

4 Clarence Road
Cheltenham GL52 2AY

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Phoenix Centre
86-90 Winchcombe Street
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL52 2NW
England

Admission

Adults £10.00, members £8.00 (to include a glass of wine), children £5.00.

Tickets available from the Holst Birthplace Museum and the Tourist Office.

Website

http://www.holstmuseum.org.uk

Holst's piano

Heritage Open Days: Holst Birthplace Museum

  • 13 September 2015 10:30am-5pm

As part of the national Heritage Open Days event, the Holst Birthplace Museum is offering free guided tours on Sunday 13 September, at 1030, 1130, 1230, 1430 and1530. Pre-booking is essential – contact the museum on 01242-524846.
Normal admission fees will apply to visitors not booked onto the guided tours

The Regency terrace house is where Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets, was born in 1874. The story of the man and his music is told alongside a fascinating display of personal belongings, including his piano. The museum is also a fine period house showing the “upstairs-downstairs” way of life in times past, including a working Victorian kitchen and laundry, elegant Regency drawing room and charming Edwardian nursery. Visitors will be given a guided tour of the museum and afternoon tea will be available in the Victorian Kitchen and basement yard.

Holst Birthplace Museum,
4 Clarence Road
Cheltenham
GL52 2AY

01242 524846
Website - www.holstmuseum.org.uk
email – curator@holstmuseum.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Pre-booked guided tours are free. Normal admission fees will apply to visitors not booked onto the guided tours (Adult £5.00, Concession £4.5,0 Child £2.00, Under 5 free, Family ticket £12.00)

Website

http://www.holstmuseum.org.uk

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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