Welcome to Wilderspin School

Painting of Samuel Wilderspin

Samuel Wilderspin (1791 -1866)

 

Our winter opening times are now in operation:                                    

(11am-3pm Thursday-Sunday)

 

 

 

Please be aware that during the Dickensian Christmas (running on Thursdays – Sundays until 16 December) our historic school rooms and museum displays will be suspended while the spaces are used to create this Christmas extravaganza! 

Admission fees: £5 adults; £2.50 children & concessions; £12.50 family (2 adults and 2+ children)

Twenty five years ago efforts began by volunteers of the Queen Street School Preservation Trust to save and restore this former National & Infants School with its unique connections to Samuel Wilderspin, pioneer of infant education.  More volunteers have run the museum these past ten years.  Now, in 2018, these efforts have earned us a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  Our News page has more details.  If you would like to join our “award winning” team – go to our “Supporting Us” page.

Tickets for Christmas with Steptoe & Son are selling now – don’t miss the chance of a memorable evening of pre – Christmas hilarity!  Call 01652 635172 to book.

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Begin your tour in the post-war classroom for a flavour of school life in the 1950s – 70s … the story starts at the time the building closed in 1978.  Here you’ll recall many things from your own schooldays.

Pause in the National School classroom for a taste of Victorian childhood, then contemplate Samuel Wilderspin’s ground-breaking methods in his Infants’ Schoolroom and Playground of 1845.  This was a model school where teachers were trained, and where Wilderspin and his family taught.

We are a family-friendly museum, fully wheelchair-accessible and with a stylish coffee shop – 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

Christmas with Steptoe & Son

Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to 26 Oil Drum Lane to catch up with the nation’s favourite rag-and-bone-men and indulge in some classic, festive misadventures!

Albert and Harold – united by blood, divided over everything else – seem doomed to spend Christmas in each other’s company. But Harold has his flights of fancy… including a flight he fancies abroad or to throw the biggest Christmas party London’s ever had to offer!  Albert, of course, has other ideas… Who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas as Mrs. Clifford’s B&B in Bognor Regis anyway??

Tickets are £8 in advance or £10 otd but don’t take the chance and end up disappointed – book your seats now on 01652 635172!

Dickensian Extravaganza

Experience a flavour of Christmas as it would have felt when Charles Dickens was writing A Christmas Carol.

We’ve shaped his words to create a “novel” interpretation of  some of his great works including Nicholas Nickleby and David Copperfield.  It’s open between 11am and 3pm.

Admission charge: £5 adults; £2.50 children; £12.50 Family Ticket (two adults and two or more children).  No need to book.  Usual museum opening times: Thursdays – Sundays only.

 The Old School Canteen coffee shop is open 10am-4pm as always.

 

Museum Exhibits

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

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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