Welcome to Wilderspin School

Open Days

Our weekly opening times have been extended and are now: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11am – 3pm.


Free Sunday Tours

Although we are closed on Sundays, visitors can enjoy one of our NEW Free Guided tours on 11 August* & 15 September at 11am & 1.30pm included in the price of your £5 Admission Ticket which allows for return visits for 12 months.  Free admission and tour for existing Annual Ticket holders.   Refreshments inlcuded.  Booking essential: tel. (01652) 635172 or email wilderspinschoolmuseum@gmail.com

*this date has been changed from 4 August.

VCR discussion

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Access information for visitors with specific needs.  Click here for details.



Pedalling to Pickwell to raise funds for further Joseph Wright Hall improvements

Join our children’s fun re-creation of the 1844 School Ceremony as part of Heritage Open Days



Slow Circular Earth comes to Wilderspin – find out more

Find out about our AWARD WINNING Memory Cafe Project and our chatty cafe






Retro Board & Card Games

Intrigued by board and card games popular in the past – we’ve trawled our archive and found some fascinating family games for you to try. Pop in and pick a game to pay from Beetle to Dick Turpin.

11am – 3pm.  Children FREE.  Adults £5 (Annual Ticket with free museum admission for 12 months including most other events and priority notice of our Events Programme).

Summer Quiz

Book for our next popular general knowledge quiz.  Teams of up to six – or we can match you up with others.

£2 per person.  7pm start. Bar and raffle. Tel. (01652) 635172 to book

History Underfoot

It’s Archaeology Month so we’ve hands-on puzzles for kids to test their investigative skills – and grown-ups too!

Thursdays – Saturdays throughout July. Free.  (Adult Annual Admission Ticket £5.  U16s free.)

The Barton Church School & Wilderspin Story Tour

Find out why Historic England has described our building as “one of the most important schools in England” and how Samuel Wilderspin’s Infant System worked.

One-hour tours at 11am and 1.30pm.  £5pp includes an Annual Ticket and refreshments.

Booking essential – tel. (01652) 635172 or email wilderspinschoolmuseum@gmail.com

Bookings close at 3pm the day before scheduled tours.

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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
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