Another memorable group visit

Members of Hull U3A began their visit began in the Primitive Methodist Chapel (1867) before a conducted tour of the Infant School and Playground (1845), just in time for lessons and reminiscences in the Classroom – before a splendid buffet lunch in the 1960s Classroom.

The Museum is a popular venue for group visits – their length varies but typically last two to three hours depending on whether it involves lunch or afternoon tea.  The guide tour takes about one hour – and you can include a short “lesson” in the Victorian Classroom, or you can have an object quiz to test who’s been listening attentively during the tour!

The tour costs £3.50 per person.  Refreshment costs vary from tea / coffee & biscuits (£1 per person) to a sandwich buffet – our cafe will negotiate a price with you for this.

There’s plenty of seating around the Museum if members of your group have restricted mobility – it’s all on the ground floor with wheelchair access and a wheelchair accessible toilet.  There’s good car parking too and coaches can easily drop off outside the School.

Some groups visit other places of interest in the town nearby  and make a day of it.

Everyone enjoys reminiscing and sharing memories of school and childhood – and go away smiling!

Posted on:28th June 2017

Our 2017 Events Programme

Our next table top & plants sale is this coming Saturday, the 20th May, between 10am – 2pm – and  the Top of the Class Quiz has been rescheduled to Friday 9 June book your team now!

Quiz ! - Konzept Tafel - freigestellt

Check the What’s On: Events section for more details about these and other forthcoming events.

Part of the Barton Arts programme is being held at the Museum and Joseph Wright Hall including Art on the Railings hosted by artists from our weekly Art Group.  Clare Teal will be performing in the Joseph Wright Hall.

Classroom Crafts for Kids returns in the summer and we have an arts & crafts fair on the 19th August.  Tables are only £5 and can be booked now.

Happy kids doing arts and crafts together

As part of Heritage Open Days in September we’ll be celebrating Desperate Dan’s 80th birthday and the 130th anniversary of Isaac Pitman’s invention of the shorthand system while teaching in Barton just across the road from the School.

We are planning a major Victorian Christmas Fair with indoor and outdoor stalls as part of the Barton Christmas Festival in November – tables can be booked now.

Christmas Past

The year will end with the second performance by Friends at Barton in the Joseph Wright Hall when they present The Snow Queen in early December.

Posted on:16th May 2017

Talking of Art

Four Monday afternoon talks starting on 24 April covering different aspects of art history with Dr Mo Ille.
Art & Illusion
The Making of Medieval Manuscripts
Art About Art
Bawdy Borders

Go to “What’s On – Courses” for more details.

Posted on:11th April 2017

Buildings with Stories

10am – 12.30pm

Book now for this special guided walk devised by the Wilderspin National School and the Ropewalk as part of their Historic Barton project.

This family trail is designed to engage children with some of the town’s historic buildings and show the grownups how to use the new Historic Barton heritage trail phone app.

It starts at the Wilderspin National School and ends at the Ropewalk – lasting about two hours. There are surprises at each of the buildings where we stop – including historical characters, a secret garden and short stories which bring the past to life.

All you need is good footwear, a sense of adventure and an appetite for juice and biscuits at the end of the trail when we’ll show you how to download and use the phone app.


Telephone (01652) 635172 to book.

Posted on:30th March 2017

Tsunami Requiem – New County Choir Concert

Tickets are now on sale for the New County Choir Spring Concert “Tsunami Requiem” by Chris Williams, with children’s choir, brass, organ and percussion. Also being performed are: Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Laudate Dominum by Julian Savory. The Musical Director is Stan Kell.

The concert is on Sunday 9th April at 7.30pm at the Joseph Wright Hall (DN18 5QP) adjacent to the school musuem (Tel. 01652 635172).
Tickets are just £6 and can be bought in advance from the museum, or they can be bought on the door.

Posted on:22nd February 2017

Barton’s Hidden Histories

A new mobile app has been created to enable you to discover the Hidden Histories of Barton-upon-Humber.
The app has lots of photos, sound bites, video clips and text to help tell the fascinating story of the town.
To download it click on the image below and select if you want it for iPhone or Android




Posted on:11th February 2017


Borrow one of our school satchels packed with fun things for families to do.

They contain an I Spy! photo trail for older children and simple equipment for younger children to make their visit more fun – including a fish-eye lens and colour viewing paddles.  While the kids are colouring the adults can chat!  And reminisce about their own schooldays.

The satchels can be collected from the shop and returned there at the end of your visit.


Posted on:29th December 2016

Table Top & Plant Sale

Bookings are now open for our next quarterly sale between 10am and 2pm.

Plants will also be on sale.

Tables are only £5.

Saturday 20 May

Posted on:11th December 2016

Ted Lewis Exhibition

His life, times and art

On display in the Wilderspin Schoolroom between the 7th and 15th January then in the Aelberry Building until 4th February.

Ted Lewis was born in Barton. He was a gifted illustrator (contributing to the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine”), jazz musician and author.

Lewis’s legacy for the most part is as author of the novel “Jack’s Return Home” that became the film “Get Carter” (1971) starring Michael Caine.

The exhibition, organised by the Ted Lewis Group, has been on display in Scunthorpe and later in the year will be on display as part of Hull City of Culture.

Please note that it will not be possible to view the Infants’ Schoolroom until 19th January.

Posted on:11th December 2016

Another Great Festival

Hundreds of visitors came in to see us as part of the Barton Christmas Festival on the 26th November.

They were in for a treat!  The only Victorian Father Christmas was in his grotto, there was mulled wine for the grown ups, and The Old School Canteen was busy serving Christmas fare non-stop all day!

The Joseph Wright Hall was packed with stalls in our Christmas Market – some selling crafts, others with table top sale items.  It was warm, jolly and colourful – so thank you to everyone who was involved.  Early birds can book for 2017 now – or for our next table top sales in March and May 2017.

Posted on:1st December 2016