Welcome to Wilderspin School

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The Barton National & Infants School was built in 1844. The Infant School was championed by the educational pioneer and teacher Samuel Wilderspin who designed, equipped and taught here.

This model school was the last of two thousand infant schools set up by Wilderspin across the British Isles. It is unique – few other buildings associated with Wilderspin have survived.

Begin your tour in the 1970s classroom for a flavour of school life at the time the building closed, pause in the National School classroom for a taste of Victorian childhood, then contemplate Wilderspin’s ground-breaking methods in his Infants’ Schoolroom and Playground of 1845.

We are a family-friendly museum, fully wheelchair-accessible and with a stylish café – The Old School Canteen. Visitors of all ages will experience school life from a bygone age – with lots for children to see and touch while grownups can reminisce and reflect on their own memories of school.

Located in the historic town of Barton-upon-Humber, close to the Humber Bridge, the museum makes a great place to start your exploration of the town and South Humber Bank

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CURRENT EVENTS

Classroom Crafts for Kids

1pm-3pm

The last of our four weekly crafts sessions during the summer holidays.  Children aged 5-13 can try out one of several crafts their parents or grandparents will recall – at school or in the home.   The crafts are different each week. This is the final  craft session.

£4 per single session or £3.50 per multiple sessions.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Tel (01652) 635172 to book.

Heritage Open Days 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Heritage Weekend events are:

Train up a Child

Saturday 9th September, 11.30am – 2.30pm

Mr. Samuel Wilderspin, infant educator, or one of his Agents, will lecture in the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Queen Street on the hour and half hour between from 11am until 2.30pm, and demonstrated in the adjacent Infants’’ School.

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Joseph Wright Hall – open to view

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September, 11am – 3pm

The first floor gallery of this Grade II Listed Building (Primitive Methodist Chapel, 1867) is open for viewing where members of the Queen Street School Preservation Trust will be on hand to outline plans for its restoration and reuse.

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Historic Barton Family Trail

Saturday 9th September, 10am – 12.30pm

This guided walk for families is designed to engage children with some of the town’s historic buildings and show the grownups how to use the new Historic Barton heritage trail phone app. The walk is free. Booking is advisable telephone (01652) 635172 to book.

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Desperate Dan at 80 – Comic Capers

Sunday 10th September, 10am – 4pm

Desperate Dan, the Wild West character in the children’s comic The Dandy, made his first appearance in the first issue in December 1937.  Come and share your memories of children’s comics to help celebrate his eightieth birthday!

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Pitman Puzzle

Isaac Pitman developed the most widely used system of shorthand, known now as Pitman shorthand, which he proposed one hundred and eighty years ago.  He developed his shorthand system while he was employed as teacher at the British School on Queen Street, just across the road from the museum. To mark the 120th anniversary of his death – look out for Pitman Puzzles at a number of the venues taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days.

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Other Heritage Weekend events:

A number of buildings and sites in the town will be open as part of the Heritage Open Weekend between 7th – 10th September.  All are places of special interest or they are not usually accessible or the entrance charge has been waived.  Admission to every venue is free.  Refreshments are on sale at most venues.

Full programme details available: bartoncivicscoiety.co.uk and heritageopendays.org.uk.

 

The Ropewalk

Film Archive Shorts Night

Thursday 7th September, 7.30pm

Telephone (01652) 660380 for more details.  Admission is free.

 

Baysgarth Park

A Stroll in the Park – with Barton Civic Society

Saturday 9th September, 2pm

 

The Ropewalk

Guided Tours

Saturday 9th September, 10.30am and 2.30pm

Telephone (01652) 660380 to book.  Admission is free.

 

Tyrwhitt Hall

Open for Viewing

Sunday 10th September, 2pm -4pm

Telephone (01652) 635172 to book.  Admission is free.  Last admission 3.30pm.

 

St Peter’s Church

Open for Viewing and Guided Tours

Sunday 10th September, 10am – 3pm

 

Programme details are being constantly updated and maybe liable to last minute changes.

 

Also this weekend: Barton Carnival in Baysgarth Park

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September, 12pm – 5pm

 

Pitman Puzzle

Isaac Pitman developed the most widely used system of shorthand, known now as Pitman shorthand, which he proposed one hundred and eighty years ago.  He developed his shorthand system while he was employed as teacher at the British School (just across the road from the Museum) between 1832 and 1836 – practising while listening to sermons in the town’s churches and chapels.  To mark the 120th anniversary of his death – we have one of the Pitman Puzzles which will tease visitors at a number of the venues taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days.

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Train up a Child

Mr. Samuel Wilderspin, infant educator, or one of his esteemed Agents will lecture in the Primitive Methodist Chapel – specially opened for public viewing this weekend.   Mr. Wilderspin’s pioneering teaching methods will be outlined and will be demonstrated in the adjacent National School.

Lectures will take place today only between on the half hour between 11.30am and 2.30pm, and last approximately one quarter of an hour.  Public admission is free.

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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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