Welcome to Wilderspin School

Painting of Samuel Wilderspin

Samuel Wilderspin (1791 -1866)

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

During this week’s Barton Arts festival the Wilderspin Infant School is being   used to display portraits of Wilderspin painted by members of the   North   Lincolnshire Art Groups.

   

 

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

Appleby 1940s Festival

Try our Anderson Shelter and see what life on the Home Front was like – and find out about our Wartime Schooldays programme for schools visiting the Wilderspin National School.

A nostalgic, family day in the Lincolnshire countryside.

Tickets and more information online at applebyfestival.com

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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