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.



Baroque at the Wilderspin School Museum

Saturday February 27th at 7.00 p.m
The Hallgate Chamber Ensemble present an enchanting evening of Baroque Chamber music with Director – Carey Williams
The Ensemble consists of a small group of musicians including Flute, Trumpet, Bassoon, Strings and Voice

Admission is £6.00 and tickets are available from the Wilderspin School Museum (Thursday – Sunday 11am-3pm) or from Waters’ Edge Tourist Information Centre. Refreshments will be available.

Autumn & Winter Opening Times

The Museum will be open from 11am – 3pm from Sunday 29 November until 25 February 2016
Scholars Coffee Shop is open from 10.30am – 3.30pm.

The Museum closes on Sunday 20 December for Christmas and New Year, and will re-open on Saturday 2 January 2016.

Scholars coffee shop will close on Sunday 20 December when we say farewell to Jenny & Tony as they retire after four years with us.

It will be closed for refurbishment until 25 February.

Interruption to Wilderspin Schoolroom

Our first Winter exhibition by the Wilderspin Art Group will be running from Saturday 28th November until Friday 4th December.

The exhibition will be on display in the Wilderspin Schoolroom so it will be affected while we mount the artwork on Thursday 26th November.  Visitors wishing to view the room as it was in 1845 would be advised to schedule their visit from the 5th December onwards when the room will be returned to its normal layout. (more…)

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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