Yesterday I was granted exclusive access to The Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.  The Museum is reopening after being closed for six months following a flood which forced the full closure.  Now after the restoration which involved companies which have been in business since 1875 helping with their expertise the doors will open tomorrow.  As a freelance photographer raised on news and feature work it pays to keep an ear to the ground and eyes open.

Holst Museum, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, reopens after restoration following a flood. The home and Birthplace of composer Gustav Holst. The Museum is a memorial to Holst, one of England’s most respected composers, best known for his work The Planets. It is one of only two composer birthplace museums in the country.The house was built in 1832 and is typical of the many smaller Regency terraced houses built in Cheltenham at that time. Gustav Holst was born here on 21st September 1874 and lived here until 1882, shortly after his mother died. He died in London on 25th May 1934.  The Holst Birthplace Museum suffered an ingress of water during torrential downpours in June 2016. This caused severe damage to three of the Museum’s period room settings and damage to another. There was also water damage to a small part of the collection which has been removed for conservation. During this period, the Museum remains closed for drying out, repairs and conservation.  Pictured,  A teasel flower rests on the keyboard of Holst's piano on which he composed The Planets.

 Pictured, A teasel flower rests on the keyboard of Holst’s piano on which he composed The Planets.