Loans box

Gustav Holst: Growing Up In Cheltenham

An assortment of objects relating to Gustav’s life as he was growing up in Cheltenham. A great way to extend your classes learning inspired by your visit, create stimulating classroom displays and encourage children to improve their Historical enquiry skills.

Users will

  • Have the opportunity to engage with genuine, period artefacts
  • Be able to undertake their own historical enquiry of objects
  • Compare the belongings of 19th and 21st Century children
  • Contextualise Gustav Holst’s life – making him a real person from the locality
  • Learn about the life of a Victorian, lower middle-class child and be able to compare it with the lives of important people such as the monarchy and aristocracy

Box contents

  • Costume
  • Photographs
  • Toys
  • Victorian coins
  • Chamber pot
  • Conductor’s baton
  • Violin
  • CDs of his music and his musical influences
  • Information pack and activity ideas
  • A Walk around Holst’s childhood – a walk around the locality of the Museum, looking at natural and man-made features and facts about the Holst family.

Curriculum links



  • Significant Historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • Compare aspects of life in different periods
  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, differences and significance and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses

Art and Design

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.


  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate, music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • Listen with concentration to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and great composers and musicians
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music


  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary history
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas



  • Rental costs for two weeks – £15
  • Rental costs for one term – £40

Please note: The Museum cannot offer delivery and collection of the Loans Box, the person(s) hiring will be responsible for organising this.


Available all year; booking necessary.


Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
GL52 2AY
01242 524846