Monthly Archives: November 2021

Funders’ support with Joseph Wright Hall refurbishment

The Trust is working hard to restore and reuse this Grade II listed building which we use for our education and community events and arts programmes, and to adapt the surviving first floor of the Chapel with its tiered pews to create an auditorium for school visits and community performances.




With external support and our own investment we’ve been able to:

  • draught proof and refurbish the windows thanks to WREN Landfill
  • restore the pews and platform stage thanks to WREN Landfill
  • modernise the heating system thanks to (ERDF) Smart Energy
  • install a lift to provide access for all to the auditorium thanks to EnTrust
  • rewire the building and install a new fire alarm system thanks to SSE Renewables – North Lincolnshire Sustainability Development Fund
  • improve the kitchen thanks to Wren Kitchens (Barton)
Posted on:28th November 2021

Joseph Wright Hall – a work in progress

We’ve done a lot – but need to do more.  Our next project is to increase capacity of the building by improving the groud floor and staircases to the first floor auditorium.

To further bolster the Trust’s efforts to attract additional external funding we have launched a local appeal for £50,000 which will be used to lever in a further £200,000.

Supporters can send a cheque (payable to the Queen Street School Preservation Trust) to the Treasurer, Graham Cannon at the Wilderspin School Museum, Queen Street, Barton, DN18 5QP,  or contact us for details of how to arrange a BACS payment.  Alternatively, you can set up a standing order for a monthly payment or a BACS payment. While it is hoped that these payments will continue for two years they can be cancelled at any time.

Posted on:28th November 2021

Time’s On Our Side

We’ve all the time in the world at Wilderspin – now that Humberside Clock Works is based here in oue Aelberry Building.

Darren Bristow provides specialist servicing and repairs of mechanical clocks of all types: antique, vintage and reproduction.

Telephone (01652) 634913 or visir

Posted on:28th November 2021

Arwen Couldn’t Dampen Our Spirits

Storm Arwen may have led to Barton’s Christmas Festival 2021 being cancelled but we were REALLY busy!

Hundreds came to Wilderspin to buy Christmas gifts from 20 stalls and bag a bargain from our Christmas Shop.

Father Christmas didn’t know what had hit him as children queued to “place their Christmas order” with him and take home a stocking.

The Old School Canteen was busy all day keeping up with hungry visitors.

We hope we made up for the disappointment of the festival cancellation and helped put folk in the Christmas spirit!

Posted on:28th November 2021

A Glimpse of Tudor Domestic Life in Barton

Barton Civic Society’s next talk is this Friday, 19 November at Wilderspin at 7.30pm.

Neil Wilkyn analyses a probate inventory to give us a tantalising glimpse into the home of a Barton resident in the sixteenth century.  What possessions did they have?  What was their furniture like?   Imagine looking through the window into a house from 500 years ago.

Non members £2 – but bring raffle money too!

Posted on:17th November 2021