Welcome to Wilderspin School

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

The Museum is open from Thursday 22 July.

We have had support from Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire to help us invest in more efficient heating for the Joseph Wright Hall, as part of an £8.5 million Smart Energy programme part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Click here for the full story: http://www.wilderspinschool.org.uk/news/

ERDF and Smart Energy combined logo


Additional support to improve our shop and visitor reception as we prepare for post – Covid reopening was made available by the Humber Business Growth Hub – SME Restart & Recovery / Kickstarting Tourism programme part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

NPH_logo_BLUE_RGB new





Click here for a summary of our 2020-25 Forward Plan




adult visitors looking round the museum playground

Let’s Show You Round

Why not join a guided tour to see the School, learn about its fascinating history and discover the Wilderspin Story.

We’re introducing 45 minute tours on Sundays in summer – which start at 1.30pm in the Playground.

25 July, 1 & 15 August

They’re a snip at £5 per person (children free).  Please telephone to book (01652) 635172 – but latecomers can usually be accommodated!

Face to Face

What was school like in the past?

Was it as scary as they say?

The only way to find out is try it yourself!

Bring the family to meet one of our historical teachers and join a lesson as part of your museum visit – you can even plan a trip to the tea room afterwards to console yourselves and swap schooldays stories!

Thursday 29 July         Mr. Wilderspin’s Infant School

Saturday 7 August      Miss Baxter’s Victorian Classroom

Thursday 12 August    Mrs. Wilson’s Wartime Classroom

Saturday 21 August     Mr. Wilderspin’s Infant School

Thursday 26 August    Miss Baxter’s Victorian Classroom

Saturday 28 August     Mrs. Wilson’s Wartime Classroom

All lessons start at 1.30pm and last 30 minutes.

All adults £5.  Up to two children (with one adult) free.  Subsequent children £2.

Booking required – telephone (01652) 635172

Back to School!

We’re back – we’re different.

Collect your School Pence then fill the boots of the Victorian children who came to school here full of trepidation and excitement!

Follow their footsteps from the School Yard and into School, then explore Mr. Wilderspin’s Infant Schoolroom.

Who used the finger-stocks in the Victorian Classroom?

What’s hidden in the desks in the Wartime Classroom?

What was school like for your mum, dad and grandparents?

Explore the world’s only reconstruction of Mr. Wilderspin’s Model Infant School.    Thursdays-Sundays 10am-4pm from 22 July.



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
Find Out More