Welcome to Wilderspin School


The Wilderspin National School was built in 1844 and was championed by the educational pioneer and teacher Samuel Wilderspin who designed, equiped and taught in the school.

The school closed in 1978 and fell into disrepair.  Restoration of the School was completed in 2009 and now stands as a celebration of the life and work of Samuel Wilderspin, for the benefit of the people of Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire and elsewhere.

The school is a family-friendly museum that welcomes visitors of all ages to experience a slice school life in a bygone age. Located in Barton-upon-Humber, the school museum offers, through role-play, hands-on exhibits and talks, an authentic and memorable experience of teaching in the 19th and 20th centuries.



Behind Closed Doors

Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 3pm (School Museum)
Come and add your favourite building in Barton to our giant floor map.

Open Gardens – Barton Arts

Saturday and Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
A firm fixture in the Festival calendar whether you are an avid gardener or are curious to check out your neighbour’s roses. Teas available in selected gardens. Event in aid of Lindsey Lodge Hospice.
Tickets & programmes £4 on sale from Wilderspin Museum & the Ropewalk

Ukulele Workshop – Barton Arts

Saturday and Sunday, 2.00pm – Zero to Hero with Jacqui Wicks
– Sold Out-


Graham Saunders lecture – Barton Arts

Tuesday 2pm to 5pm
Shakespeare in Concert Hall, Ballet and Opera – A 400th Anniversary Celebration. £4.00 (Aelberry Building)

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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