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Title: Holst Birthplace Museum
Country: United Kingdom, Gloucestershire
City: Cheltenham
Category: Museum/ gallery
Author: Holst Museum
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Holst Birthplace Museum

The Holst Birthplace Museum is uniquely devoted to the life and work of the British composer Gustav Holst. It is an independent organisation, run by a professional curator and supported by over 50 volunteers. The house became a museum in 1975, and was given many of Holst’s personal possessions by his daughter Imogen Holst, including the piano on which he composed his most famous work, The Planets.

Typical of Cheltenham’s smaller Regency houses, 4 Clarence Road is built of brick with a stone-coloured stucco front. The ground-floor rooms are devoted to the life and work of Gustav Holst. There is an elegant Regency sitting-room upstairs, offering a glimpse into Cheltenham in the 1830s. The other period rooms are Victorian: a bedroom and nursery upstairs, and a working Victorian kitchen, scullery, larder and servant’s sitting-room downstairs.

Owing to the character of the building, access is difficult for wheelchair users. There are steps up to the fromt door and staircases to all floors. There is no lift but there is a handrail for all stairs except the entrance steps. A large print guide is available, and Penfriend audio guides.

The museum shop specialises in recordings of works by Gustav and Imogen Holst. There is also a range of replica Victorian toys.

We have a museum education programme, including a popular Key Stage 1 and 2 Victorian Domestic session. Children’s activities are held during the school holidays.

The museum also promotes an active programme of recitals, concerts and talks. Details are on our website.

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Holst Birthplace Museum4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham GL52 2AY. Tel 01242 524846£4.50 (£4.00 concession)

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