Welcome to Wilderspin School

Painting of Samuel Wilderspin

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



The Gong Space

Relax in a beautiful gong bath.

Gongs are healing instruments which have been used for thousands of years to promote healing, stress relief, meditative states and deep relaxation.  The powerful and therapeutic gong space bathes you in sound-waves and vibrations to re-tune and balance on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level – bringing you back into harmony.

You’ll need only to bring a yoga mat, pillow, blanket and bottle of water.  This is a groups session where your only requirement is to lay comfortably with your eyes closed and to relax.


6.45pm for 7pm-8pm session.  Doors close and no further admission after 7pm to avoid disturbance.



For more details, and to book, contact:


Summer Fair

11am – 4pm

Stalls, crafts, plants, bric-a-brac and more as part of Barton Arts Open Gardens.  Free admission.

Book your stall now (01652) 635172

Barton Open Gardens

Barton Arts 2018

Our Wilderspin Playground Garden is part of the Barton Arts Open Gardens programme on Saturday & Sunday between 12pm – 4pm.

Open Gardens ticket / programmes (£4 per person/programme) are on sale here at the Wilderspin School Museum.

Check the Barton Arts website for full details and ticketing information: bartonarts.co.uk

Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri – An Acoustic Journey 

Barton Arts 2018

For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe.

Check the Barton Arts website for full details and ticketing information: bartonarts.co.uk

Joseph Wright Hall (first floor auditorium with stair access only)


£19 (£21 otd)

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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