Welcome to Wilderspin School

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The Barton National & Infants School was built in 1844. The Infant School was championed by the educational pioneer and teacher Samuel Wilderspin who designed, equipped and taught here.

This model school was the last of two thousand infant schools set up by Wilderspin across the British Isles. It is unique – few other buildings associated with Wilderspin have survived.

Begin your tour in the 1970s classroom for a flavour of school life at the time the building closed, pause in the National School classroom for a taste of Victorian childhood, then contemplate Wilderspin’s ground-breaking methods in his Infants’ Schoolroom and Playground of 1845.

We are a family-friendly museum, fully wheelchair-accessible and with a stylish café – The Old School Canteen. Visitors of all ages will experience school life from a bygone age – with lots for children to see and touch while grownups can reminisce and reflect on their own memories of school.

Located in the historic town of Barton-upon-Humber, close to the Humber Bridge, the museum makes a great place to start your exploration of the town and South Humber Bank

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CURRENT EVENTS

Tsunami Requiem – New County Choir Concert

Tickets are now on sale for the New County Choir Spring Concert “Tsunami Requiem” by Chris Williams, with children’s choir, brass, organ and percussion. Also being performed are: Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Laudate Dominum by Julian Savory. The Musical Director is Stan Kell.

The concert is on Sunday 9th April at 7.30pm at the Joseph Wright Hall (DN18 5QP) adjacent to the school musuem (Tel. 01652 635172).
Tickets are just £6 and can be bought in advance from the museum, or they can be bought on the door.

Buildings with Stories

Saturday 22 April, 10am-12.30pm

This family trail is designed to engage children with some of the town’s historic buildings and show the grownups how to use the new Historic Barton heritage trail phone app. It starts at the Wilderspin National School Museum and ends at the Ropewalk – lasting just over two hours. There are surprises at each of the buildings where we stop – including historical characters, a secret garden and short stories which bring the past to life. All you need is good footwear, a sense of adventure and an appetite for juice and biscuits at the end of the trail. And to cap it all the walk is free! Booking is advisable telephone (01652) 635172 to book.

Museums at Night – Top of the Class Quiz

Friday 19 May, 7.30pm
Register your team of up to six for another evening of brainteasers and fun. £2 per person. Bar and raffle.

Table Top Sale

Bookings are now open for our next quarterly sale between 10am and 2pm

Saturday 20 May

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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