Welcome to Wilderspin School

Painting of Samuel Wilderspin

Samuel Wilderspin               (1791 -1866)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please be aware that during the Dickensian Christmas between 29 November and 16 December our historic school rooms and museum displays will be suspended while the spaces are used to create our Christmas extravaganza!

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.

Our 2018 fundraising Christmas raffle has launched with prizes including an overnight stay in the Lake District. Go to our “News” page for more details of how you can support our ongoing restoration work.

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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

John French lighting gas lights in Wilderspin. room

Barton Christmas Festival

We are preparing for the Barton Christmas Festival on Saturday 24 November and our Dickensian Christmas (from 29 November) so the Wilderspin Infants Schoolroom will be getting a seasonal facelift which will change its historical authenticity!  If you were planning to visit Samuel Wilderspin’s Model Infant Schoolroom we would advise you to visit another time – it will be back to “normal” from Thursday 20 December.

But come along also to our Victorian Christmas Fair on 24 November between 11am and 4pm featuring an indoor Christmas Market, seasonal refreshments in the Old School Canteen and Barton’s only truly Victorian Father Christmas in his Gallery Grotto!

Dickensian Christmas

Experience Christmas as it would have felt when Charles Dickens was writing A Christmas Carol.   11am – 3pm  £5/£2.50.

Snow White & the Six and a Half Dwarfs

A new pantomime by the resident South Bank Players to put you in the Christmas spirit!  7.30pm, Joseph Wright Hall

Christmas with Steptoe & Son

Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to 26 Oil Drum Lane to catch up with the nation’s favourite rag-and-bone-men and indulge in some classic, festive misadventures! Tickets £8 and £5.  Booking advisable.

 

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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