Welcome to Wilderspin School

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 2020 – extended opening hours

On Thursdays – Sundays, during the period of Heritage Open Days (10th – 20th September), the Museum is open between 10am and 4pm.

The Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays 11am – 3pm focussing on the Infant School designed by Samuel Wilderspin – a large indoor space and outside playground , ideal for social distancing!

You’ll need to bring a face covering but to make your visit as relaxed as possible we’ve introduced:

  • a one-way system
  • touch-free displays
  • hand sanitizing points
  • disposable FREE visitor guide sheet
  • no reception point – but we do have roving stewards supervising things 

Our visitor toilets are open – all our visitor spaces are thoroughly cleaned each day.

For now, we are open Saturdays & Sundays, 11am -3pm

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The Old School Canteen coffee shop is open Thursdays – Sundays 10am – 4pm

  • outside seating in the Wilderspin Playground
  • three spacious rooms in the Museum providing safely distanced tables
  • “Covid compliant” cleaning and working spaces

As part of the Track & Trace system which helps health authorities monitor transmission of Covid 19, we are asking visitors and customers to leave their contact details.  These will be kept securely and in strict confidence for 21 days when they will then be destroyed.  This is a request and is not mandatory.  Full details are in section 8 of our Privacy Policy:

Privacy Policy 2020

The Museum’s Covid 19 Risk Assessments:


Coronavirus – risk assessment 26 08 20

Premises Hire including Joseph Wright Hall

Premises Hire (inc Joseph Wright Hall) RISK ASSESSMENT COVID 26 08 20



Ted Lewis Trail

Follow the new Ted Lewis Trail until 1pm.  £5 / £8 (double ticket)

Lincolnshire Life Art Exhibition

Friday 11–Sunday 13 & Thursday 17–Sunday 20 September, 10am-4pm.  Paintings by local artists and members of the Wilderspin Art Group.


Explore the heritage of Lincolnshire’s free time and show how heritage can be enjoyed today through hobbies and activities.

Play was central to Samuel Wilderspin’s schools.  Share your own reminiscnces about schoolyard games and “playing out” in the Wilderspin Playground, with outside teas, coffees and refreshments on sale.

The Museum is open on Heritage Open Days 10am – 4pm (Thursdays – Sundays 10 – 20 September).



Discover the Wilderspin Story and see the unique Infant Schoolroom and Playground of 1845.

The Wilderspin Story
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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