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.



Museums at Night Quiz

7pm for 7.30pm in the Wilderspin Schoolroom
Register your team of up to six for another evening of brainteasers and fun. £2 per person. Bar and raffle.

Remembering the First World War

11am – 4pm (Wilderspin Schoolroom)
An exhibition of memorabilia from the Great War. Admission £2.

Christmas Past

1pm – 5pm
Immerse yourself in a traditional Victorian Christmas with things for the kids to do and make, and a chance for the grownups to enjoy traditional Christmas fare in the Old School Canteen coffee shop.
Free (Victorian Father Christmas £3.00 includes a stocking gift)

A Christmas Carol

(Joseph Wright Hall)
Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th December
It’s never too early to book and get into the Christmas spirit!
Be whisked away with the best loved and most famous of Charles Dickens works. Who can ever forget those immortal words “Bah, Humbug!”? A new local Drama Group, Friends at Barton, will be presenting this classic tale of the mean old miser Scrooge. Throw in a few Ghosts and you have the perfect evening’s entertainment in a venue that could not be more in keeping…..The Joseph Wright Hall, built in Victorian times. Paul Tate, originally from Barton has adapted the story for the stage and cannot wait to get you all in the Christmas SPIRIT! Every pun intended!

Shows start at 7.30pm. All tickets £5. Book on 01652 635172 or in person from the museum on Thursday – Sunday (10am – 4pm) or from Walker’s Opticians (High Street) and Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre

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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