Steptoe & Son

Fifty-five years ago Albert and his son Harold, the two warring rag-and-bone-men in Shepherd’s Bush, first appeared on our TV screens. Now, as part of a nationwide tour, Hambledon Productions breathe life back into the Steptoe household with this faithful, fresh and hilarious adaptation of original episodes from the long-running smash hit sitcom.

For one night only: 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th April in the Joseph Wright Hall. (For the time being we regret there is stepped access only to first floor auditorium).

Tickets: £8 in advance or £10 otd, available online at and from Wilderspin (Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm) or by ‘phone (01652) 635172. Seating is unallocated.

Posted on:26th February 2018
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Barton Trinity Methodist Church

Barton upon Humber Civic Society continue their 2018 programme of talks on Friday 16 March at the Joseph Wright Hall.   The talk originally programmed for 16 March at Trinity Methodist Church has had to be cancelled.  Instead, Dr. John Ball will be sharing the fruits of his researches over many years into Barton’s history from the 13th century.  The talk will be held at the Joseph Wright Hall and starts at 7.30pm.

Posted on:30th January 2018

Cushion sponsorship appeal off to a good start!

We are just over 15% of the way in our cushion sponsorship scheme for the Joseph Wright Hall auditorium.  Enough for twenty seven seats so far!

We are asking for individual and corporate sponsorship of seat cushions at £50 each with public acknowledgement (unless requested otherwise).

The Co-Op Community Fund gave us a great start with over £900.


Please get in touch if you’d like to help.


Posted on:14th January 2018

Winter’s here!

Our winter opening times are now in operation.

The Museum is open Thursday – Sunday between 11am and 3pm.

The Old School Canteen coffee shop though is still open from 10am until 4pm on the same days (Thursday – Monday).

We will be closed for the Christmas break from Sunday 24th December, reopening on Thursday 4th January.

Posted on:11th December 2017
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Singin’ in the Rain

Friends at Barton have regretably had to cancel their perfomance of Singin’ in the Rain scheduled for the end of March so we’ll be contacting everyone who had bought tickets to arrange refunds next week. Sorry for the disappointing news.

Posted on:8th December 2017
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The Co-op helps launch our Cushion Appeal!

Our next target as part of restoration of the Joseph Wright Hall, the former Primitive Methodist Chapel adjacent to the School, is to improve the comfort of the seating.

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We are immensely grateful to the Co-op Local Community Fund which has helped us launch our cushion sponsorship scheme, contributing over £900 to our £10,000 target. Private sponsors have added to this so we are well over 10% of the way to creating a unique and comfortable performance space to complement other venues in the town.

Businesses and private individuals are invited to sponsor cushions for £50 each or sections of cushions, which will be acknowledged with permanent labelling and in our publicity material for the Hall.


Posted on:28th November 2017

Restricted Viewing Friday 1 December

Due to a private function on Friday 1st December the Wilderspin Schoolroom will not be open for public visitors.  We suggest another afternoon would be a better option to get the most from your visit.

Posted on:28th November 2017

We’re changing our opening times

Our winter opening times commence on Thursday 30 November

The Museum will be open Thursday – Sunday between 11am and 3pm.

The Old School Canteen coffee shop though is still open from 10am until 4pm on the same days (Thursday – Monday).

We will be closed for the Christmas break from Sunday 24th December, reopening on Thursday 4th January.

Posted on:26th November 2017

A busy week at Wilderspin

We’ve had what must be our busiest terms for educational visits!

Rounding it off this week we’ve hosted a visit of students from Hull University’s Geography Department looking at the micro geography of schools, and focusing their visit on Wilderspin’s arrangement of the Infant Schoolroom and Playground.

Southcoates Primary School in Hull (pictured) also visited over two days with 120 Year One and Two boys & girls as part of a special programme we offered to Hull Schools to mark City of Culture 2017.  Some of our volunteers are busy researching Wilderspin’s other schools in Hull as part of this project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

And once again we’ve enjoyed the company of Carfield Primary School from Sheffield who got a taste of the Victorian Classroom and a look at Victorian life using school photographs.

Posted on:22nd November 2017

We are getting ready for Christmas!

It’s the Barton Christmas Festival on Saturday  and we will be setting up on Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th so there will be some disruption to the school rooms.  If you’re happy to weave among the tinsel and paper chains, and can’t schedule a visit any other day – we’re still open.  But, if you can, you might want to plan a visit another time – when it’s all over!

And don’t forget to come to the Fair on Saturday when we have over thirty indoor stalls, and Barton’s only Victorian Father Christmas in his Wilderspin Grotto._KS20774

Posted on:20th November 2017