Once Upon a Time

Celebrating some of our best loved traditional children’s stories with displays, storytelling and family activities.

Admission (all ages) £3

Family ticket for up to four £10

PLEASE NOTE THERE WAS AN ERROR IN OUR 2019 EVENTS LEAFLET – which wrongly listed the starting date as  28 November.  

It should have said starting Thursday 5 December.

Our normal displays are closed during this period.

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Barton Christmas Festival

Enjoy our indoor craft and Christmas stalls in the Joseph Wright Hall from 12pm until 4pm, and in the Museum there’ll be mulled wine and mince pies and Barton’s only Victorian Father Christmas, with refreshments in the Old School Canteen.

This year we will stay open for hot drinks from 4pm to 7pm if you’re watching the lantern parade or joining in the carol singing.

PLEASE NOTE THERE WAS AN ERROR IN OUR 2019 EVENTS LEAFLET – which wrongly listed the date of the festival fair as 23 November.  It should have said Saturday 30 November.

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Museums at Night Quiz

Join us for another autumn quiz.

Register your team of up to six for another evening of brain teasers and fun.

£2 per person

Bar & raffle

7.00pm doors open for a 7.30pm start in the Joseph Wright Hall (ground floor)

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One Bloody Fang After Another

Celebrate Halloween at Wilderspin this year!

A haunting, paranormal force has gripped the town.  The young Lucy Westenra is taken ill and psychiatrist Dr. Seward calls on his mentor Professor Van Helsing to advise.  The Professor has a perplexing diagnosis – Lucy carries all the symptoms of a vampire’s latest victim.

So begins a frenzied stab at trying to uncloak Count Dracula as the vampire in their midst. Sadly, it gets quite “midsty” in Whitby at times…

Bram Stoker’s immortal horror story is given an affectionate lampooning in this physical, riotous comedy. Now, it is truly horrific.

Joseph Wright Hall – The Trust is currently seeking funding to upgrade access in the Hall.  This performance is on the first floor – access is by stairs and stair lift only.  Ground floor toilets with wheelchair access.

£8 / £28 (group of 4).  To book – telephone Hambledon Productions (01472 870935) or call in / telephone the museum on 01652 63517

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Printing Workshop

A drop-in session for young people to learn traditional printing techniques.

This is part of the “learning” theme of this year’s Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days to offer a number of opportunities for trying new things and learning new skills.

10am – 1pm

In the museum’s Joseph Wright Hall (ground floor with wheelchair access)



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Sunday School

We are gathering memories of Sunday School as part of our plans to restore the former Primitive Methodist Chapel (1867) which was also the Salvation Army’s Citadel between 1961 and 2016.

The original ground-floor Sunday School room is now a multi-purpose community space  and the remnants of the Chapel can be see on the first floor.

We’d like to hear about your memories of Sunday School – here or elsewhere to add to our story of education.

10am -4pm


First floor access by stairs or stair lift only.



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The Gong Space

As part of the “learning” theme of this year’s Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days a number of opportunities for trying new things and learning new skills have been incorporate into the festival programme.

This is a chance to try out the therapeutic effects of sound and vibration which can help health and well being.



Booking is essential on (01652) 660380


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Tales of a Barton Lad

Local author and after-dinner speaker, Mervin Dove, relates humorous and honest tales of his schooldays.

This informal talk is in the Reminiscence Classroom adjacent to the Old School Canteen coffee shop and will take around one hour.

2pm                 Booking not required




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Barton Civic Society 1969-2019 – Waters’ Edge

Waters’ Edge Country Park was created from reclaimed industrial land which had become one of the most toxic sites in Europe.  Landscape historian Richard Clarke traces the story of the site and the clean-up challenge inherited by North Lincolnshire Council – an issue closely monitored by the Civic Society in the 1990s.  The talk is part of the Society’s ongoing celebration of its fiftieth anniversary, and takes pace in the Joseph Wright Hall starting at 7.30pm

Non-members are welcome (£2).  Ground floor with wheelchair accessible toilet.


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Safeguarding Barton’s Heritage 1969 – 2019

An exhibition by Barton Civic Society, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, in partnership with Barton Camera Club, tracing changes in the town over five decades and examining projects that involved the Civic Society.

The exhibiton ca be seen in the Joseph Wright Hall on Thursdays – Sundays between 13 – 15 and 19 – 22 September, 10am – 4pm.  Admission is free.


Posted on:12th September 2019