Monthly Archives: April 2018

Town Award for Wilderspin Volunteer

Ian Wolseley, our part time Development Officer, has had his voluntary efforts for the School formally recognised by Barton Town Council.

The 2018 Annual Town Award was presented to Ian at the Town Council’s Civic Dinner which was held at Bardney Hall on Saturday 21 April.

The Mayor of Barton, Cllr Nigel Pinchbeck, presented the award which is in recognition of a volunteer who makes and outstanding contribution to the life of the Town.

Ian’s involvement with Trust goes back to the early 1990s.  He was a member of the working party which secured additional funding and prepared the plans for building work to start.  The Museum opened in 2009, just over thirty years since the Barton Church School closed.

Ian said, “I am thrilled and honoured to receive the award which is a recognition of the work that goes into a project like this, not just by me but by the forty or so other volunteers who help manage and run the Museum.”

Having worked for the Trust initially in a full time paid role thanks to grant funding, Ian’s own contribution over recent years has been largely in a voluntary capacity.

“We are approaching the Museum’s tenth anniversary,” Ian continued, “but we are not resting on our laurels – we have our work cut out having taken on restoration of the adjacent chapel building to create a new performance space,  the Joseph Wright Hall.”

Posted on:24th April 2018

Heritage Festival – Welcome to Barton

Reflective stories of newcomers to the town – what was it that brought people to live here? What were their first impressions – and lasting memories? An exhibition created by the Civic Society. Joseph Wright Hall (DN18 5QP)

Saturday 8: 10am-4pm

Sunday 9: 10am-4pm

Thursday 13:  10am-12pm (closed in the afternoon)

Friday 14: 12pm – 4pm (closed in the morning)

Saturday 15: 10am -4pm

Sunday 16: 10am-4pm



Posted on:24th April 2018

Barton Bike Night

Barton comes alive with motorcycles, trade stands, vintage bikes and live bands.  For more information:

The Museum and Old School Canteen coffee shop are open (from 10am) until 9pm and we offer secure helmet storage and refreshments until 9pm also.

Bike Night : 2pm – 9pm

Posted on:24th April 2018

Snow White & the Six and a Half Dwarfs

New date added – Thursday 7 September.

A new pantomime by the resident South Bank Players to put you in the Christmas spirit!

Friday 7 September

Saturday 8 September matinee and evening shows

Joseph Wright Hall (first floor auditorium).

Posted on:21st April 2018

Dickensian Extravaganza

Experience a flavour of Christmas as it would have felt when Charles Dickens was writing A Christmas Carol.

We’ve shaped his words to create a “novel” interpretation of  some of his great works including Nicholas Nickleby and David Copperfield.  It’s open between 11am and 3pm.

Admission charge: £5 adults; £2.50 children; £12.50 Family Ticket (two adults and two or more children).  No need to book.  Usual museum opening times: Thursdays – Sundays only.

 The Old School Canteen coffee shop is open 10am-4pm as always.


Posted on:21st April 2018
quiz written on blackboard slate

Tonight is Quiz Night

7.30pm, Joseph Wright Hall (Community Room) Register your team of up to six. £2 per person. Bar and raffle.

There’s still space for more teams!

Posted on:21st April 2018

Museums at Night : Britain on Film “Railways”

It’s Museums at Night across the UK so we are having a film show.

To mark the 70th anniversary of British Railways we’re hosting a screening of newly digitised rare archive films, curated by the Independent Cinema Office, charting the history of railways in the UK, their romance and heady freedom in the early twentieth century.

Tickets: £4

7.30pm, Joseph Wright Hall

The Joseph Wright Hall is wheelchair accessible on the ground floor only.  The first floor auditorium is accessible by stairs or a stair lift.  There are wheelchair accessible toilets.

Posted on:21st April 2018

New County Choir Concert 

Come and hear Vivaldi’s soaring music, and the lyrical tenor solo: ‘On Away! Awake Beloved…’ always a great favourite of music lovers.
Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast by  S. Coleridge-Taylor.
Gloria by  Vivaldi.
Conductor: Stan Kell.
Soloists: Jeff Blewitt, Pam Waddington Muse.
Accompanist: Peter Sproston.
£7. Tickets from Wilderspin or at the door.


Posted on:18th April 2018

Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri – An Acoustic Journey 

Barton Arts 2018

For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe.

Check the Barton Arts website for full details and ticketing information:

Joseph Wright Hall (first floor auditorium with stair access only)


£19 (£21 otd)

Posted on:18th April 2018

Barton Open Gardens

Barton Arts 2018

Our Wilderspin Playground Garden is part of the Barton Arts Open Gardens programme on Saturday & Sunday between 12pm – 4pm.

Open Gardens ticket / programmes (£4 per person/programme) are on sale here at the Wilderspin School Museum.

Check the Barton Arts website for full details and ticketing information:

Posted on:18th April 2018