KS2: Discovering Holst

Become Holst Birthplace Museum Curators for the day! Discover Holst’s life work and times through hands on exploration of our Discovering Holst boxes, including his childhood, his student life, his composing years and his years of fame.

Pupils will

  • Be introduced to the Museum by one of our experienced staff
  • Learn about the role of a Curator and a Museum in local heritage
  • Be introduced to Holst’s work, life and times
  • Explore our four Discovering Holst boxes in groups to learn about significant stages of Gustav Holst’s life.
  • In groups, present discoveries to the rest of their class.
  • Independently explore the Museum focusing on their new knowledge of Gustav Holst’s life and how it relates to what they can see.

Curriculum links


  • A study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality.
  • Changes in an aspect of social history, for example leisure and entertainment in the 20th Century.


  • Develop an understanding of the History of Music
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians


  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates
  • Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)


  • 2 hour session
  • £4.50 per child or £65 minimum charge; helpers free
  • Maximum of one class in the Museum at any one time


Available all year; booking necessary.

Museum Shop

We have a Museum shop with pocket money toys for between £1 and £3.50. Please let us know at time of booking if you’d like to use our shop.


Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
GL52 2AY
01242 524846