Welcome to Wilderspin School

Painting of Samuel Wilderspin

Samuel Wilderspin               (1991 -1866)






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.

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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.



Summer Fair

11am – 4pm

Stalls, crafts, plants, bric-a-brac and more as part of Barton Arts Open Gardens.  Free admission.

Book your stall now (01652) 635172

Barton Open Gardens

Barton Arts 2018

Our Wilderspin Playground Garden is part of the Barton Arts Open Gardens programme on Saturday & Sunday between 12pm – 4pm.

Open Gardens ticket / programmes (£4 per person/programme) are on sale here at the Wilderspin School Museum.

Check the Barton Arts website for full details and ticketing information: bartonarts.co.uk

Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri – An Acoustic Journey 

Barton Arts 2018

For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe.

Check the Barton Arts website for full details and ticketing information: bartonarts.co.uk

Joseph Wright Hall (first floor auditorium with stair access only)


£19 (£21 otd)

The Riverbank Boys and Cements

Barton Arts 2018

The Ted Lewis Group presents stories from the life of celebrated local author Ted Lewis, who wrote Get Carter.

Followed at 11am by a Guided Ted Lewis Trail

Wilderspin School Museum


Check the Barton Arts website for full details and ticketing information: bartonarts.co.uk


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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