Welcome to Wilderspin School

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We are open Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
Last admission to the Museum 3pm
The Old School Canteen coffee shop is open Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm


Find out about our Memory Cafe Project and our chatty cafe

Humber Clockworks for clock repairs based at Wilderspin






Heritage Open Days – Heritage Without Walls

This year, the heritage festival shifts its focus to the great outdoor spaces in Barton – with guided walks, trails and hidden gems to discover.

Full details will be available in the summer on the Civic Society’s website (bartoncivicsociety.co.uk) and the Heritage Open Days website (heritagelincolnshire.org).

Dr. Mary Murdoch: Suffragist and Social Reformer

An afternoon lecture by Cecile Oxaal who explores the life of Mary Murdoch, a Scottish medical doctor who settled in Hull in 1896 and galvanised the suffrage campaign in Hull and East Yorkshire.  Part of the Barton upon Humber Civic Society lecture programme.  Non-members £2

Joseph Wright Hall, 2pm

Samuel Wilderspin’s Outdoor Classroom – heritage without walls

A Practical Lecture and Exhibition by an Agent of Mr. Wilderspin Esq; Inventor of the Infant & Training Systems of Education.  The forty minutes demonstration commences outside in the Playground with an opportunity afterwards in the Schoolroom for questions about his plans for giving children religious, moral, mental, and physical education.  Free to members of the public.  Formal attire not necessary.

Saturday 10 and Sunday 18 September, 1.30pm

Vere Foster Philanthropist and Benefactor

What are the origins of the school copybook?

Jean Cannon describes how Vere Foster used his vast personal wealth to help emigrants to America and improve educational standards in Victorian Ireland.  Part of the Barton upon Humber Civic Society lecture programme.  Non-members £2

Joseph Wright Hall, 7.30pm



Discover the story of Samuel Wilderspin and see the unique Infant Schoolroom and Playground that he designed in 1845.

The Wilderspin Story
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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