KS2: Life in Holst’s Victorian Home

You will be welcomed by Julia Giles, the Maid of all Work. Together you will experience Julia’s life in the Basement and life for the family ‘Upstairs’.

Pupils will

  • Be encouraged to make comparisons between 21st Century and 19th Century homes
  • Experience life in Victorian Cheltenham, as a maid and middle class family
  • Discover Gustav Holst’s family home
  • Dress up and assist Julia Giles with chores in the Victorian Basement
  • Play with Victorian, replica toys
  • Be asked questions to develop their historical enquiry skills


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


  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge


  • 2 hour session
  • £4.50 per child or £65 minimum charge; helpers free
  • Maximum 1 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