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Water-damaged Gustav Holst museum reopens

One of the rooms at the Holst Museum Image copyright Holst Museum
Image caption Although much of the damage was covered by insurance the museum still had to raise £30,000

A museum which honours the birthplace of the composter Gustav Holst has reopened after being severely damaged in torrential rain.

The Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham has been closed for repairs since June, when water poured through the roof and badly damaged three rooms.

A fundraising campaign was launched in the summer, with the repairs costing around £30,000.

Holst was born on 21 September 1874 and is best known for his work The Planets.

Image copyright Holst Museum
Image caption Since June the museum has been closed for drying out, repairs and conservation

'Like a waterfall'

Sara Salvidge, from the museum, said there had been very heavy rain and she had been concerned with the yard flooding and water coming through a downstairs door.

"I said I'd just check the loft before we go, I went up there and it was like a waterfall, it was horrendous," she said.

Image copyright Holst Museum
Image caption Many of the archives had to be moved around the museum while the work took place

"[Downstairs] there was a massive blister of water behind the wallpaper and that held back some of the water - but the water was falling behind the painting... but also running along the ceiling and pouring down on to a regency sofa which was there."

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