Support the Holst Birthplace Museum

A Message from our Chair, Hilary Simpson

Cheltenham’s only independent museum is emerging from the pandemic with a new identity and an ambitious new focus. We’re the only historic house in Cheltenham which is open to the public – and of course we have the unique Holst factor. There are more exciting developments in the pipeline and we need your support to deliver them. It costs over £100 a day to keep the museum open – you can help by making a donation, becoming a Friend, volunteering or leaving us a gift in your will.

How to make a donation to the Museum

  • Via online banking directly to the Trust:  see details above
  • Use a credit or debit card (processed securely by Stripe)
  • 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
  • Shop through .

If you have a tablet, you can download the Easyfundraising app, and register / login as above.

Become a Friend of the Holst Birthplace Museum

Full details are available here.

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 trustee

Would you like to join a board of enthusiastic and dedicated trustees who ensure that a unique Cheltenham museum continues to be an asset to the town?

Email for more information.

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 or music is needed. Volunteer at the Museum.

Spread the word

Visit our Facebook page and Twitter account. Share them with your friends.

How support has helped the Museum

Isobel Holst by Millicent Woodforde

Isobel Holst by Millicent Woodforde

Enhancing our collections

The Museum has approximately 3,000 items, including a significant archive. A few years ago, it added to its important collection of Holst-related material by acquiring at auction a portrait of Isobel Holst (Gustav’s wife) by the artist Millicent Woodforde. It was purchased with Art Fund support and the generosity of individuals. The portrait is now on display at the Museum.