Welcome to Wilderspin School


The Barton National & Infants School was built in 1844. The Infant School was championed by the educational pioneer and teacher Samuel Wilderspin who designed, equipped and taught here.

This model school was the last of two thousand infant schools set up by Wilderspin across the British Isles. It is unique – few other buildings associated with Wilderspin have survived.

Begin your tour in the 1970s classroom for a flavour of school life at the time the building closed, pause in the National School classroom for a taste of Victorian childhood, then contemplate Wilderspin’s ground-breaking methods in his Infants’ Schoolroom and Playground of 1845.

We are a family-friendly museum, fully wheelchair-accessible and with a stylish café – The Old School Canteen. Visitors of all ages will experience school life from a bygone age – with lots for children to see and touch while grownups can reminisce and reflect on their own memories of school.

Located in the historic town of Barton-upon-Humber, close to the Humber Bridge, the museum makes a great place to start your exploration of the town and South Humber Bank



GreenMatthews presents: A Brief History of Music

Wednesday 28 June, 7.30pm in the Joseph Wright Hall

Six hundred years of musical history in 90 minutes! Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending up in the 20th century (and incorporating everything in between!) this fun and fast-moving show is a whistle-stop tour of Western musical history.

£10/£5 student (members £9) Bring a cushion!
Tickets can only be purchased in person from The Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road or online at bartonarts.co.uk


Louise Beech in conversation with Sue Wilsea

Saturday 1 July, 10.30am – 12 noon in the Aelberry Building

Join Louise Beech in conversation with writer Sue Wilsea as she discusses life, writing and more. £5


Barton Bike Night

2pm – 10pm

This year it’s on a Saturday – and begins from 2pm.

We’ll be open until 9pm for refreshments – inside and out – and we’ll be running our helmet store from the Joseph Wright Hall, next door to the School Museum. The Museum will be open until 9pm.

Thousands of bikers and visitors will flock to the town centre to experience a great afternoon and night out. From 2pm until late evening Barton comes alive with motorcycles. Attractions include trade stands, vintage bikes, special features and live bands.
For more information contact 07976 276895


Classroom Crafts for Kids


Every Thursday during the summer holidays from the 3rd August for children aged 5-13 to try out one of several crafts their parents or grandparents will recall – at school or in the home.
This is the first of four weekly craft sessions. Come back each week to try a different craft.
£4 per single session or £3.50 per multiple sessions. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Tel (01652) 635172 to book.


Museum Exhibits

From interactive exhibitions to an original Victorian classroom. Here is a taster of some of the interesting exhibits you can find during your visit.

Wilderspin Exhibits

Schools Programme

Our Schools Programme has been developed to provide children with an exciting way of engaging with the history of Victorian school life.

Schools Programme

History of the School

Learn about Samuel Wilderspin and the Wilderspin National Schools and how his innovations gradually transformed schooling for children of all ages.

Wilderspin History
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