Welcome to Wilderspin School

Painting of Samuel Wilderspin

Samuel Wilderspin               (1791 -1866)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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

Museums at Night : Britain on Film “Railways”

It’s Museums at Night across the UK so we are having a film show.

To mark the 70th anniversary of British Railways we’re hosting a screening of newly digitised rare archive films, curated by the Independent Cinema Office, charting the history of railways in the UK, their romance and heady freedom in the early twentieth century.

Tickets: £4

7.30pm, Joseph Wright Hall

The Joseph Wright Hall is wheelchair accessible on the ground floor only.  The first floor auditorium is accessible by stairs or a stair lift.  There are wheelchair accessible toilets.

70 Shades Damper – rescheduled

Following the huge touring success of ’69 Shades of Beige’ MJS Production return with another fast-moving, character swapping, comedy feast.

Tom struggles to balance the demands of his wife who wants a baby, his agent who wants more earnings, and his own dreams of being a comedian.  What could possibly go wrong?

Tickets: £10, concessions £7

(first floor auditorium – at this stage in our development of the venue, we can only manage stair lift access for visitors with restricted mobility)

This performance has been rescheduled and was originally programmed for 11 October.

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Museums at Night Quiz

 

Friday 9 November,

Join us for our autumn quiz.  Register your team of up to six for another evening of brainteasers and fun.

Please book in advance so we know we have sufficient teams and it’s “game on”!

£2 per person. Bar and raffle.  7.30pm, Joseph Wright Hall (Community Room)

Barton Christmas Festival

Enjoy the Barton Christmas Festival and pop in to our indoor Christmas market, visit the town’s only Victorian Father Christmas, and warm up with a glass of mulled wine around a blazing classroom fire or afternoon tea in The Old School Canteen.

11am – 4pm

Free

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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