Welcome to Wilderspin School


The Wilderspin National School was built in 1844 and was championed by the educational pioneer and teacher Samuel Wilderspin who designed, equiped and taught in the school.

The school closed in 1978 and fell into disrepair.  Restoration of the School was completed in 2009 and now stands as a celebration of the life and work of Samuel Wilderspin, for the benefit of the people of Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire and elsewhere.

The school is a family-friendly museum that welcomes visitors of all ages to experience a slice school life in a bygone age. Located in Barton-upon-Humber, the school museum offers, through role-play, hands-on exhibits and talks, an authentic and memorable experience of teaching in the 19th and 20th centuries.



Top of the Class

Thursday 18 June, 7.30pm
Muster a team of up to four people to test your general knowledge including all those facts you learned at school. £10 per team.
Bar. Booking required: (01652) 635172.

Teddies Tour

School Holiday Teddy Tours Sat 23 May – Sunday 31 May

Celebrate National Family Week and borrow one of our lonely teddy bears who will tour the school with you. Bring your camera or smartphone to take some pictures too. (more…)

Grammar School Boy – Meet the Author

Thursday 28 May, 2pm – 3pm
Meet Ronald J Hill, author of Grammar School Boy, and share recollections of Barton upon Humber Grammar School with him and other former pupils.

Photo by kind permission of The Scunthorpe Telegraph

A Lincolnshire Education – memories of Barton Grammar School

Thursday 28 May, 7.30pm
Ronald J Hill was part of the “lucky generation” growing up in post-War Lincolnshire, winning a scholarship to the Barton Grammar School. Enjoy Ron’s recollections and reminiscences of England in the 1950s – an age of austerity and hope – as he dips into his autobiography “Grammar School Boy” and shares memories of teachers and classmates, classrooms and curriculum – and how they helped shape his life. Grammar School Boy is on sale in our shop. (more…)

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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