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.



Retro Crafts for Kids

Every Thursday during the summer holidays children aged 5-13 can 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.

Art on the Railings

10am – 3pm
Art Fair organised by the Wilderspin Art Group with affordable art for you to appreciate and buy.

Ted Lewis Guided Trails

Tuesday, 5pm to 7pm, (The Old School Canteen)
Readings from local novels of the Barton novelist. Admission £5

Behind Closed Doors – Heritage Open Days

A rare opportunity to look inside some of Barton’s interesting buildings and sites as part of Barton Civic Society’s Heritage Open Days programme – including the former Primitive Methodist Chapel (1867) now the Joseph Wright Hall.
Exhibitions by the Wilderspin Art Group and Barton Civic Society.
The programme is being updated continuously so check the details in September here or on the Civic Society’s website.


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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