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.



Felting Fridays

Every Friday in April & May, 10am to 1pm at the Museum.
A fashionable craft that is an oldie but a goodie!

Felting sessions are therapeutic, relaxing and suitable for anyone. You do not need any experience or art skills. I will lead you step by step to have fun and create a 2 or 3D felted item.
Prices and contact information —> (more…)

Music with Mummy

Weekly half-hour sessions for pre school children under three and their carer.
Starts Thursday 25 February in the Aelberry Building – with easy car parking.
Details and booking: musicwithmummyandmichelle@gmail.com

Ward Room Makeover

If you have been wondering about the disruption over Christmas at the museum, the Ward room has been having a makeover. (more…)

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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