Welcome to Wilderspin School

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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.

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CURRENT EVENTS

Penny Dreadful! Or Mrs. Lovett’s Revenge!

2.30pm (Wilderspin Schoolroom)
Chills and chuckles in abundance with this original one-woman show featuring Sweeney Todd’s partner in crime, Mrs. Lovett! Be appalled by a plethora of other grotesque characters from the cheap and grisly pages of the Victorian era’s penny dreadful papers, in a theatrical comedy suitable for children and the young at heart. Go on – have a close shave with Mrs. Lovett… She’d love to have you for dinner!
Tickets £9, Concessions £8, Children £5

Tea with Oscar Wilde

7.30pm (Joseph Wright Hall)
Ladies and Gentlemen … You are cordially invited to the 1890’s wittiest “Chit-Chat” show where a gay time is guaranteed! You’ll be ‘Wilde’ about who he has on his chaise.
The popular modern chat show reimagined for the Victorian age, hosted by the acclaimed wit of the era, Oscar Wilde. Following the now familiar format, guests include a selection of some of the ‘celebrities’ of the day. Packed with gossip, song and humour – and a few surprises – this light-hearted performance invites the audience to experience the 1890s wittiest “chit chat” show.
Tickets £9, Concessions £8

Museums at Night Quiz

7pm for 7.30pm in the Wilderspin Schoolroom
Register your team of up to six for another evening of brainteasers and fun. £2 per person. Bar and raffle.

Remembering the First World War

11am – 4pm (Wilderspin Schoolroom)
An exhibition of memorabilia from the Great War. Admission £2.

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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