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

Classroom Crafts for Kids

1pm-3pm

Every Thursday during the summer holidays from the 3rd August for children aged 5-13 to try out one of several crafts their parents or grandparents will recall – at school or in the home.
This is the first of four weekly craft sessions. Come back each week to try a different craft.
£4 per single session or £3.50 per multiple sessions. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Tel (01652) 635172 to book.

 

Classroom Crafts for Kids

1pm-3pm

The second of our weekly summer crafts sessions each Thursday during the summer holidays for children aged 5-13 to try out one of several crafts their parents or grandparents will recall – at school or in the home.
Come back each week to try a different craft.
£4 per single session or £3.50 per multiple sessions. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Tel (01652) 635172 to book.

 

Classroom Crafts for Kids

1pm-3pm

The third of our weekly summer crafts sessions each Thursday during the summer holidays for children aged 5-13 to try out one of several crafts their parents or grandparents will recall – at school or in the home.
Come back each week to try a different craft.
£4 per single session or £3.50 per multiple sessions. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Tel (01652) 635172 to book.

 

 

Make Do & Mend

10am -3pm

All sorts of arts and crafts make use of odds and ends – recycling and re-using materials to make creative things and decorate around the home. Craft stalls selling and demonstrating, rummage sale, 1940s classroom for kids to try wartime recycling, and more…

Bookings for stalls are now open for amateur and commercial crafters who recycle to create! There will also be stalls available for local charities and organisations. Please get in touch for more details on (01652) 635172 or email enquiries@wilderspinschool.org.uk

Setting up from 8am. Tables from £5 can be booked by telephoning (01652) 635172

 

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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