The Holst Birthplace Trust is a charity which exists to manage and care for the Holst Birthplace Museum. It costs over £100 a day to keep the Museum open. Donations, being a Friend, volunteering and leaving a gift in your will, are all ways you can support us to ensure our much loved Museum remains open, thriving and able to offer an exciting programme of events, exhibitions, school visits and family activities.
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Other ways to make a donation to the Museum
- In person at the Museum
- By post to: Holst Birthplace Museum, 4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham GL52 2AY. (cheques payable to ‘Holst Birthplace Trust’)
- Leave a gift to the Museum in your will
Join us at one of our events
Details of upcoming Museum and Holst related events appear on our regularly updated What’s on page.
Become a volunteer
The Holst Birthplace Museum welcomes volunteers as an essential part of our organisation. Our volunteers join us to make friends, to pursue an interest, to further their careers or just for fun! No prior knowledge of Gustav Holst or Victorian history is needed. Volunteer at the Museum.
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How support has helped the Museum
The ‘Help Holst’ campaign
The Museum suffered an ingress of water during torrential downpours in June 2016. This caused severe damage to three of the Museum’s period rooms. Although much of the damage was covered by insurance, a £30,000 ‘Help Holst’ fundraising campaign was launched to fund repairs not covered by insurance, and crucially loss of income during the six month period of closure. Thanks to the generosity of the public, the Holst Foundation and Cheltenham Borough Council, the Museum raised the required amount, enabling it to reopen.
Enhancing our collections
The Museum has approximately 3,000 items, including a significant archive. Recently it added to its important collection of Holst related material by acquiring at auction a portrait of Isobel Holst by the artist Millicent Woodforde. It was purchased with Art Fund support and the generosity of individuals. The portrait will go on display in February 2017.