Welcome to Wilderspin School


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



Christmas Fair Grand Raffle ~ sponsors & winners

Thank you to our sponsors who kindly donated prizes for the raffle:

Bensons Butchers


Crisp and Fresh

CV Day Spa

Fleetgate Hardware

Fresh Cotton Clean

Lindsey Relay (Euronics)

Market Place Plant Stall

Mrs G Clark

Potty Pantos

Ride a Bike

Sandra Bright


The Blending Room

The Old School Canteen

W.A.Clarke Shoe Shop

Wilderspin School Museum


Winning tickets in our Christmas Raffle were:

  1. Spa Session worth £100 @CV Day Spa 0118
  2. Blueray player 0119
  3. Luxury hamper 1013
  4. Dried Flower Wreath 2062
  5. Afternoon Tea 0137
  6. Shoes Voucher 2086
  7. Voucher for Child’s Helmet 2165
  8. Voucher for Child’s Helmet 2082
  9. Voucher for Child’s Helmet 1656
  10. Voucher for Child’s Helmet 2126
  11. Kitchen clock and timer 0712
  12. Voucher for Plants 1548
  13. Massage 1624
  14. Dartington Glass Decanter 1568
  15. Yankee Candle Set 1926
  16. Luxury bath set 1035
  17. Blanc Platter and bowl set 1941
  18. Food bag/hamper 1920
  19. Chocolate hamper 1719
  20. Voucher 1632
  21. Relaxation Hamper 1873
  22. Wine 2061
  23. Ladies who Lunch Mug 1599
  24. Soap and Glory box set 2056
  25. Cashmere perfume set 1582
  26. Fragrance burner set 0094
  27. Thornton’s Snow flake & Snowball Col. 2214
  28. Thornton’s Star Collection 1658
  29. Thornton’s Alcohol Truffle Collection 0678
  30. Bath Sherbet 1794
  31. Body Shop Smoky Poppy set 2146
  32. Aloe Vera Set 0055
  33. Photo album set 1586
  34. Diary 0513

Cushion sponsorship appeal off to a good start!

We are just over 15% of the way in our cushion sponsorship scheme for the Joseph Wright Hall auditorium.  Enough for twenty seven seats so far!

We are asking for individual and corporate sponsorship of seat cushions at £50 each with public acknowledgement (unless requested otherwise).

The Co-Op Community Fund gave us a great start with over £900.


Please get in touch if you’d like to help.


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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