Welcome to Wilderspin School

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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

Ted Lewis Exhibition

His life, times and art

On display in the Wilderspin Schoolroom between the 7th and 15th January then in the Aelberry Building until 4th February.

Ted Lewis was born in Barton. He was a gifted illustrator (contributing to the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine”), jazz musician and author.

Lewis’s legacy for the most part is as author of the novel “Jack’s Return Home” that became the film “Get Carter” (1971) starring Michael Caine.

The exhibition, organised by the Ted Lewis Group, has been on display in Scunthorpe and later in the year will be on display as part of Hull City of Culture.

Please note that it will not be possible to view the Infants’ Schoolroom until 19th January.

Hallgate Chamber Ensemble

Hallgate Chamber Ensemble return to Wilderspin Museum for an enchanting evening of Baroque Chamber music .
The Ensemble includes Voice, Flute, Trumpet, Bassoon and Strings and is conducted by Carey Williams

Tickets £6 in advance from the Museum or on the door

Saturday 25 February, 7.30pm

Table Top Sale

Bookings are now being taken for tables at our next quarterly sale on the 4th March 2017 between 10am and 2pm

Table Top Sale

Bookings are now open for our next quarterly sale between 10am and 2pm

Saturday 20 May

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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