Welcome to Wilderspin School


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



James Creassy – A Man of His Time

Barton upon Humber Civic Society commence their 2018 programme of talks in the Joseph Wright Hall with this examination of Lincolnshire born James Creassy, a drainage engineer, land surveyor and traveller.  Jean Cannon talks about Creassy’s works in England and Wales in the late 1700s and his travels in America and India based on extensive family history research.

The talk on Friday 19 January begins at 7.30pm in the ground floor Community Room which is fully accessible by wheelchair.  There is a refreshment interval at about 8.15pm, and the evening generally concludes around 9.15pm.

Park in the School Museum car park or there’s a public car park on Chapel Lane – one minute’s walk.  Street parking is also available.

Subsequent talks are:

16 February
Britain on Film: Rural Life

16 March
Barton Trinity Methodist Church
with Nichola Jones

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

Singin’ in the Rain

Friends At Barton have well and truly made The Joseph Wright Hall their Theatrical Home and will be returning in March 2018 to perform the Award winning Hollywood Blockbuster Musical SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN directed once again by Paul Tate.

Come along and tap your feet to  wonderful songs such as Make ‘Em Laugh, Good Morning and the spectacular title song and dance routine made famous by Gene Kelly.

Barton, get ready for a week of Glamour, Sparkle and pure downright fun as you are whisked away to a land of Silent Movies and Talkies!

Performances are Tuesday 27th to Saturday 31st March 2018 at 7.30pm including a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are on sale now.  Adults £8 and Concessions (students, children and senior citizens) £5.

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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