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.



A Christmas Carol

(Joseph Wright Hall)
Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th December

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.

There are only a few seats left for each performance!   All remaining tickets are now ONLY on sale at the museum.

Christmas Concert

The New County Choir celebrates Christmas in the Victorian ambience of the Wilderspin Schoolroom.

Enjoy a programme of traditional Chritams music.

Saturday 17 December, 7.30pm

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
Find Out More