Welcome to Wilderspin School

Open 10am-4pm at weekends only during January & February.

The Old School Canteen coffee shop is open Thursdays-Sundays 10am-4pm.

At the centre of historic Barton-upon-Humber, this Victorian School has unique links to Samuel Wilderspin, pioneer of infant schools across Britain.

Explore his schoolroom and playground of 1845, and share your own childhood memories in our Reminiscence Classroom.


Relax and reflect in the award-winning coffee shop The Old School Canteen - open Thursdays – Sundays 10-4.

The site is wheelchair-accessible with designated car parking for disabled visitors and a fully accessible toilet which includes a baby-changing table.

Close to the Humber Bridge, and a short drive from Hull, Scunthorpe and Grimsby, the Museum makes a great place to start your exploration of the town and South Humber Bank with leaflets and digital guides to help you.





Steampunk @ Wilderspin

Hull Steampunk Rebels return to the unique backdrop of this unique school in the centre of historic Barton.  What a spectacle last time!  The School was buzzing and this time will be even better with Steampunk makers and traders of costume, gadgets and jewellery.  Check out Steampunk board games and watch shows of parasol duelling and combat waltzing.

Bring your own vehicle for the Tea Pot Racer Grand Prix or clothes , hats and accessories you’ve made from repurposed materials to enter in the Upcycle Fashion Show.

Whether you’re a seasoned Steampunk enthusiast or just Steampunk curious – come along and see what it’s all about – we’ll have plenty of seating for you to sit and watch the show.  Refreshments on sale throughout the day in the Old School Canteen.

10am – 4pm – and admission is free!

Photo: Mick’s Photographs @ Portraits41150

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Wildlife & Wetland

Barton Civic Society’s annual programme of talks continues with a look at the Humber Estuary, one of the most important estuaries in Europe for wildlife and is designated as a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protection Area.

Gordon Kell describes the wonders of this internationally important wetland site, and the work of the Humber Nature Partnership managing this European Marine Site.

The talks starts at 7.30pm and takes place at the Wilderspin National School Museum in the Joseph Wright Hall (ground floor), Queen Street [DN18 5QP].  There is car parking and facilities for disabled visitors.

For up to date information visit: www.bartoncivicsociety.co.uk

Admission for Civic Society members is free.  Non-members £2.


Sewing Workshops for Young People – Pocket Pets

Saturday sewing fun for young people aged 6-9 and 10+

9.30am – 12.30pm: 6-9 year olds

1pm – 4pm: aged 10+


£10 per child (discount for multiple bookings for the same child)

Booking essential:



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Alice in Wonderland

After their SOLD-OUT productions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and THE SNOW QUEEN Friends At Barton (FAB) are delighted to be back with Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

Adapted and directed by Paul Tate we’ll take you on a journey down the Rabbit Hole to a wondrous world of mirth, merriment and mischief.

TICKETS (£5 all) NOW ON SALE by phone (01652) 635172 or from the Museum at weekends between 10am – 4pm.

7.30pm Friday 27 March

2.30pm & 7.30pm Saturday 28 March

2.30pm Sunday 29 March




Museum Exhibits

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

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

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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