Welcome to Wilderspin School

Painting of Samuel Wilderspin

The Barton National & Infants School was built in 1844. The Infant School was championed by the educational pioneer and teacher Samuel Wilderspin who designed, equipped and taught here.

This model school was the last of two thousand infant schools set up by Wilderspin across the British Isles. It is unique – few other buildings associated with Wilderspin have survived.

Begin your tour in the 1970s classroom for a flavour of school life at the time the building closed, pause in the National School classroom for a taste of Victorian childhood, then contemplate Wilderspin’s ground-breaking methods in his Infants’ Schoolroom and Playground of 1845.

We are a family-friendly museum, fully wheelchair-accessible and with a stylish café – 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

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Barton Trinity Methodist Church

Barton upon Humber Civic Society continue their 2018 programme of talks on Friday 16 March at the Joseph Wright Hall.   The talk originally programmed for 16 March at Trinity Methodist Church has had to be cancelled.  Instead, Dr. John Ball will be sharing the fruits of his researches over many years into Barton’s history from the 13th century.  The talk will be held at the Joseph Wright Hall and starts at 7.30pm.

Subsequent talks are:

20 April
A Tour Through Beverley (talk)
with Paul Schofield

18 May
History Walk through Baysgarth Park
with Richard Clarke

15 June
Garden Wildlife Close to Hand
with Adrian White

15 August
Summer trip to Epworth

14 September
Barton Town Band
with Jonathon Evison

19 October
Lincolnshire Cases in the Elizabethan Court of Star Chamber
with Helen Good

16 November
Anglo-Saxon ‘Productive Site’ at Melton Ross
with Kevin Leahy

Full details of the programme are available at www.bartoncivicsociety.co.uk

Poster for Singing in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain

Friends at Barton have regretably had to cancel their perfomance of Singin’ in the Rain scheduled for the end of March so we’ll be contacting everyone who had bought tickets to arrange refunds next week. Sorry for the disappointing news.

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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