Welcome to Wilderspin School

Painting of Samuel Wilderspin

Samuel Wilderspin (1791 -1866)

The Museum is open Thursday-Sunday 10am-4pm.  

 

 

   

 

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.

New volunteers are always welcome.

Pop in for an application form or for a chat to find out more, or telephone (01652) 635172 or email wilderspinschoolmuseum@gmail.com

Would you like to join our Education Team?

Please get in touch if you might be interested and we can give you more details. 

 

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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

The Barton Bunker

Over a thousand visitors experienced our first public opening of the Second World War air raid shelter on Fleetgate last year.

In partnership with The Options Group at Applegate House the shelter will be open during Heritage Open Days 2019:

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Saturday 14 September, open to view 12pm -3pm – no need to book

Sunday 15 September, guided tours on the hour and half hour, 1pm – 3pm – booking required

Wednesday 18 September, open to view, 1.30pm – 4.30pm – no need to book

Sunday 21 September, guided tours on the hour and half hour, 1pm – 3pm – booking required

Saturday 22, open to view, 12pm -3pm – no need to book

Admission is free but donations will be used for restoration of the shelter and its interpretation.

Telephone 01652 635172 to book for the guided tours on 15 and 21 September.

Old Masters – Remastered!

Another chance chance to see some classic Old Masters, reworked by local artists of the North Lincolnshire Art Groups, combining wonderful painting skills and a walk through the history of Art.

Exhibition open during Museum opening times: 10am – 4pm

Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 September as part of Heritage Open Days

Free

Note – the paintings are displayed in the first floor Chapel which is accessible only by stairs and stair lift.  There are also steps in the Chapel. (The Trust is trying to raise funds for installation of a lift in this historic building)

Wheelchair accessible toilets are available on the ground floor.

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Safeguarding Barton’s Heritage 1969 – 2019

An exhibition by Barton Civic Society, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, in partnership with Barton Camera Club, tracing changes in the town over five decades and examining projects that involved the Civic Society.

The exhibiton ca be seen in the Joseph Wright Hall on Thursdays – Sundays between 13 – 15 and 19 – 22 September, 10am – 4pm.  Admission is free.

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One Bloody Fang After Another

Celebrate Halloween at Wilderspin this year!

A haunting, paranormal force has gripped the town.  The young Lucy Westenra is taken ill and psychiatrist Dr. Seward calls on his mentor Professor Van Helsing to advise.  The Professor has a perplexing diagnosis – Lucy carries all the symptoms of a vampire’s latest victim.

So begins a frenzied stab at trying to uncloak Count Dracula as the vampire in their midst. Sadly, it gets quite “midsty” in Whitby at times…

Bram Stoker’s immortal horror story is given an affectionate lampooning in this physical, riotous comedy. Now, it is truly horrific.

Joseph Wright Hall – The Trust is currently seeking funding to upgrade access in the Hall.  This performance is on the first floor – access is by stairs and stair lift only.  Ground floor toilets with wheelchair access.

£8 / £28 (group of 4).  To book – telephone Hambledon Productions (01472 870935) or call in / telephone the museum on 01652 63517

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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