Welcome to Wilderspin School

Open Days

Our current weekly opening times are: Fridays – Saturdays 11am – 3pm, and 11am – 2pm on Sundays.

Refreshments are available on Fridays – click for more detail.


From Thursday 30 May our summer opening hours will be extended to:

Thursdays – Saturdays 11am – 3pm

Refreshments are available on Fridays – click for more detail.

Sunday Tours (£5 Annual Ticket fee – booking essential Tel (01652) 635172)

(Museum closed on Sundays except on these dates)

6 June, 7 July, 4 August, 8 & 18 September (Heritage Open Days weekends










Access information for visitors with specific needs.  Click here for details.



Slow Circular Earth comes to Wilderspin – find out more

Find out about our AWARD WINNING Memory Cafe Project and our chatty cafe






Maybe Dick

Herman Melville’s classic tale of revenge and retribution is retold in this inventive, comedic adventure on the high seas from the company behind ‘Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show’ and ‘Dracula! One Bloody Fang After Another’

All plot will be lampooned. All jokes will be harpooned.

Joseph Wright Hall.  7.30pm. Tickets £10 (advance) or £12 OTD

view of museum on barton bike night

Barton Bike Night

Back to its traditional Wednesday evening – motorcycles, trace stands, vintage bikes and live bands.

The Museum has refreshments and helmet / leathers storage.


Mother Goose

Our resident Community Theatre Group FRIENDS AT BARTON return in November with another family pantomime, transforming the Joseph Wright Hall into Witz End Farm.  Will Demon Vanity steal the golden eggs or will Fairy Virtue save the day?  Tickets on sale from October 2024.

Chritsmas Fair

Crafts Fair, refreshments and Victorian Father Christmas as part of Barton’s Christmas Festival.

12pm – 4pm

Refreshments 12pm – 5.30pm.



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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