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

Museums at Night – Top of the Class Quiz

Friday 19 May, 7.30pm
Register your team of up to six for another evening of brainteasers and fun. £2 per person. Bar and raffle.

Table Top & Plant Sale

Bookings are now open for our next quarterly sale between 10am and 2pm.

Plants will also be on sale.

Saturday 20 May

Talking of Art

Four Monday afternoon talks starting on 24 April covering different aspects of art history with Dr Mo Ille.
Art & Illusion
The Making of Medieval Manuscripts
Art About Art
Bawdy Borders

Go to “What’s On – Courses” for more details.

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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