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.



Interruption to Wilderspin Schoolroom

Our first Winter exhibition by the Wilderspin Art Group will be running from Saturday 28th November until Friday 4th December.

The exhibition will be on display in the Wilderspin Schoolroom so it will be affected while we mount the artwork on Thursday 26th November.  Visitors wishing to view the room as it was in 1845 would be advised to schedule their visit from the 5th December onwards when the room will be returned to its normal layout.

The exhibition features work done by members of the Wilderspin Art Group that has been meeting every Friday since the summer.  The group has been trying out different media and they have been getting expert guidance and tuition by John Dent.  The results are amazing – come along and look for yourself.  The exhibition is free and is open between 11am and 3pm.





Changes to our coffee shop

Invitation to submit Expression of Interest to run our coffee shop

The Queen Street School Preservation Trust invites expressions of interest to manage and run the coffee shop within the Wilderspin School Museum in partnership with the Trust.

We need someone to build on and expand our current provision and to work with the Trust, but in a leading role to establish a new identity for the coffee shop.

More details are available from enquiries@wildespinschool.org.uk

Expressions of Interest should be received no later than midnight on 25th November.

Winter Art Exhibition

Saturday 28th November – Friday 4th December

This is the first winter exhibition of paintings and drawings by the Wilderspin Art Group.  This is a selection of work by the group which meets every week in the Joseph Wright Hall adjacent to the museum.  the work will be on show in the Wilderspin Schoolroom beginning on Barton Christmas Festival Day.

Christmas Past & Yuletide Fair

Saturday 28th November, 1pm -5pm

Pop into the School on Christmas Festival day.  Christmas Past includes the only Victorian Father Christmas in Barton resplendent in traditional Victorian green!  Grown-ups can enjoy mulled wine and mince pies around the classroom fire while children can make a Victorian Christmas decoration.  There will be indoor stalls too and lots of Christmas stocking ideas in the Joseph Wright Hall adjacent to the School Museum.

The Museum is open from 10am as usual – the fair begins at 1pm.

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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