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.



Teddy Tours – now a permanent activity for children!

Borrow one of our lonely teddy bears who will tour the school with you. Bring your camera or smartphone to take some pictures too.
Cost: £2 (£1.50 when you bring your own teddy).

Southwell Trip

Monday 20th July

A few places are still available to join our volunteers’ visit to the Workhouse at Southwell later this month.

The Southwell Workhouse, Nottinghamshire – recently featured in BBC TV’s “24 Hours in the Past” – is the most complete workhouse in existence. (more…)

Book Corner

Thursday 23 July – Monday 31 August

Thursdays – Sundays 10am – 4pm
Hundreds of hardback books for sale covering many themes including natural history, warfare, and railway history.

Children’s Retro Crafts

Children’s Retro Crafts run every Thursday throughout the summer holiday from 23 July to the 20 August between 1pm and 3pm. (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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