Welcome to Wilderspin School

Painting of Samuel Wilderspin

Samuel Wilderspin (1791 -1866)

The Museum is open Thursday-Sunday 10am-4pm.  

Our summer holiday activities for children start on Thursday 25th July.

 

   

 

Twenty five years ago efforts began by volunteers of the Queen Street School Preservation Trust to save and restore this former National & Infants School with its unique connections to Samuel Wilderspin, pioneer of infant education.  More volunteers have run the museum these past ten years.  Now, in 2018, these efforts have earned us a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  Our News page has more details.  If you would like to join our “award winning” team – go to our “Supporting Us” page.

New volunteers are always welcome.

Pop in for an application form or for a chat to find out more, or telephone (01652) 635172 or email wilderspinschoolmuseum@gmail.com

Would you like to join our Education Team?

Please get in touch if you might be interested and we can give you more details. 

 

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Begin your tour in the post-war classroom for a flavour of school life in the 1950s – 70s … the story starts at the time the building closed in 1978.  Here you’ll recall many things from your own schooldays.

Pause in the National School classroom for a taste of Victorian childhood, then contemplate Samuel Wilderspin’s ground-breaking methods in his Infants’ Schoolroom and Playground of 1845.  This was a model school where teachers were trained, and where Wilderspin and his family taught.

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

Little Green Fingers

Drop-in fun for young, budding gardeners in partnership with Barton Allotment Society to create something to enter in this year’s Annual Horticultural Show (on 10th August) – each Thursday – Sunday between 11am – 3pm throughout the summer holiday, starting on the 25th July.

Free

Also – Weekly led- sessions on Thursdays at 2pm from 25th July.

Tel (01652) 635172 for more details and to book.

School’s Out – Summer Fun for Kids

We’ve been having fun creating Mr. Wilderspin’s Playground in miniature – in a wheelbarrow!

Children aged 5-13 can explore Mr. Wilderspin’s Garden then make something for their own garden to take home – and enter something in this year’s Barton Annual Horticultural Show on 10 August at Trinity Church.

These led sessions are every Thursday from 25 July, between 2pm and 3pm.

£4 per single session or £3.50 per multiple sessions.

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tel (01652) 635172 to book.

 

 

 

Pretty Pleasing Plants

Thursdays 25 July & 15 August, 2 – 3pm, please book

Use plants to make something for your own garden and take home a plant to care for at home

 

Birds and Bugs

Thursdays 1 & 22 August, 2 – 3pm, please book

Choose something to make for you own garden to look after the birds and insects

 

Mini Gardening

Thursdays 8 & 29 August, 2 – 3pm, please book

Make a miniature garden and take home a miniature plant

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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