Events

Our Winter Opening Hours have started

Our Winter Opening hours start on 1 December and continue until 28 February.  The Museum is open Thursday – Sunday between 11am – 3pm.

The Old School Canteen is open between 10am and 4pm throughout the year.

Posted on:26th November 2018

A Christmas Cardio

A heart attack, Ebenezer Scrooge, the NHS, and a couple of squirrels feature in this new heart warming seasonal play by Theatre on the Edge in support of the Daisy Appeal raising funds for Molecular Imaging Research Centre for PET CT scanning .

Admission is free but a donation for the Daisy Appeal is much encouraged! (£5 if possible!)

Joseph Wright Hall (first floor auditorium), 7.30pm (doors open 7pm).

Posted on:21st November 2018
John French lighting gas lights in Wilderspin. room

Barton Christmas Festival

We are preparing for the Barton Christmas Festival on Saturday 24 November and our Dickensian Christmas (from 29 November) so the Wilderspin Infants Schoolroom will be getting a seasonal facelift which will change its historical authenticity!  If you were planning to visit Samuel Wilderspin’s Model Infant Schoolroom we would advise you to visit another time – it will be back to “normal” from Thursday 20 December.

But come along also to our Victorian Christmas Fair on 24 November between 11am and 4pm featuring an indoor Christmas Market, seasonal refreshments in the Old School Canteen and Barton’s only truly Victorian Father Christmas in his Gallery Grotto!

Posted on:15th November 2018

The School in Action

We have local schools visiting and getting a taste of Victorian school life, on Thursday and Friday this week which visitors might like to watch in the Wilderspin Infant Schoolroom and the Victorian Classroom.

Posted on:14th November 2018
children having lesson in Victorian Schoolroom

Victorian Classroom in session

We’ll be hosting a visit from a local today so visitors can watch the Victorian Classroom in action in the morning, and the Wilderspin Schoolroom in the afternoon.

Posted on:7th November 2018

70 Shades Damper – rescheduled

Following the huge touring success of ’69 Shades of Beige’ MJS Production return with another fast-moving, character swapping, comedy feast.

Tom struggles to balance the demands of his wife who wants a baby, his agent who wants more earnings, and his own dreams of being a comedian.  What could possibly go wrong?

Tickets: £10, concessions £7

(first floor auditorium – at this stage in our development of the venue, we can only manage stair lift access for visitors with restricted mobility)

This performance has been rescheduled and was originally programmed for 11 October.

Posted on:22nd September 2018

The Barton Bunker

Over a thousand visitors have experienced our first public opening of the Second World War air raid shelter in partnership with The Options Group at Applegate Houseon Holydyke.  The remaining open days as part of Barton’s heritage festival are on Saturday 1pm – 4pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm.  We’ll then schedule more public openings in 2019 and include a visit to the shelter as part of a special school visits programme.

Posted on:13th September 2018

Supper with a Slice of Murder

Join the South Bank Players for supper at the manor and see if you can work out who dunnit! in our interactive Murder Mystery Evening raising funds in aid of Aaron’s Battle.

7pm for 7.30pm start
Tickets £15 inc food. Drinks excluded.
Available from:
admin@sbplayers.co.uk
or in person(or email) from the Wilderspin Museum Thursday-Sunday 10am-4pm
Posted on:28th August 2018

What Lies Beneath

A brief history of ladies’ unmentionables. Discover how the Victorian silhouette was achieved, try on a corset and bloomers and quiz our costume team to find out what really went on under those crinolines.11am – 2pm in the Joseph Wright Hall

Free

Posted on:12th August 2018

Christmas with Steptoe & Son

Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to 26 Oil Drum Lane to catch up with the nation’s favourite rag-and-bone-men and indulge in some classic, festive misadventures!

Albert and Harold – united by blood, divided over everything else – seem doomed to spend Christmas in each other’s company. But Harold has his flights of fancy… including a flight he fancies abroad or to throw the biggest Christmas party London’s ever had to offer!  Albert, of course, has other ideas… Who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas as Mrs. Clifford’s B&B in Bognor Regis anyway??

Tickets are £8 in advance or £10 otd but don’t take the chance and end up disappointed – book your seats now on 01652 635172!

Posted on:1st July 2018