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



New County Choir

The Choir, conducted by Stan Kell, returns to the Joseph Wright Hall on Friday 13 April at 7.30pm to perform:

Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast
words by H. W. Longfellow
music by S. Coleridge-Taylor


Misa Criolla
a folk mass by Ariel Ramirez

Guest soloist: Jeff Blewett

Tickets £7 from choir members, from the Wilderspin School Museum or on the door.

Steptoe & Son

Fifty-five years ago Albert and his son Harold, the two warring rag-and-bone-men in Shepherd’s Bush, first appeared on our TV screens. Now, as part of a nationwide tour, Hambledon Productions breathe life back into the Steptoe household with this faithful, fresh and hilarious adaptation of original episodes from the long-running smash hit sitcom.

For one night only: 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th April in the Joseph Wright Hall. (For the time being we regret there is stepped access only to first floor auditorium).

Tickets: £8 in advance or £10 otd, available online at hambledonproductions.com and from Wilderspin (Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm) or by ‘phone (01652) 635172. Seating is unallocated.

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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