Welcome to Wilderspin School

The Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays 11am – 3pm focussing on the Infant School designed by Samuel Wilderspin – a large indoor space and outside playground , ideal for social distancing!

You’ll need to bring a face covering but to make your visit as relaxed as possible we’ve introduced:

  • a one-way system
  • touch-free displays
  • hand sanitizing points
  • disposable FREE visitor guide sheet
  • no reception point – but we do have roving stewards supervising things 

Our visitor toilets are open – all our visitor spaces are thoroughly cleaned each day.

For now, we are open Saturdays & Sundays, 11am -3pm

Click below for more reassurance…


The Old School Canteen coffee shop is open Thursdays – Sundays 10am – 4pm

  • outside seating in the Wilderspin Playground
  • three spacious rooms in the Museum providing safely distanced tables
  • “Covid compliant” cleaning and working spaces

As part of the Track & Trace system which helps health authorities monitor transmission of Covid 19, we are asking visitors and customers to leave their contact details.  These will be kept securely and in strict confidence for 21 days when they will then be destroyed.  This is a request and is not mandatory.  Full details are in section 8 of our Privacy Policy:

Privacy Policy 2020

The Museum’s Covid 19 Risk Assessments:

Coronavirus – risk assessment 06 10 20


Premises Hire including Joseph Wright Hall

Premises Hire (inc Joseph Wright Hall) RISK ASSESSMENT COVID 06.10.20



Climate Change: Wetlands

A series of paintings by local artist Jessie Davies, focussing on the Humber wetlands, alongside the impact of climate change on their associated estuary environments.

Joseph Wright Hall, ground floor – level access and accessible parking & toilets

Free admission – (Booking not required but please wear a face covering as part of our Covid precautions)

Exhibition opening event Saturday 3 October 10am-4pm

Wednesdays & Fridays 10am-4pm

Saturdays & Sundays, 10am–4pm

Open Art Exhibition

JD Creative hosts their first open exhibition by local artists.

Thursdays – Sundays, 10am – 4pm, admission free

Joseph Wright Hall, ground floor



Discover the story of Samuel Wilderspin and see the unique Infant Schoolroom and Playground that he designed in 1845.

The Wilderspin Story
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
Find Out More