The School & Hull City of Culture

Samuel Wilderspin went out on a limb to educate young children in cities across Victorian Britain.  He was a pioneer of Infant Schools and set up over two thousand – including several in Hull – and was justly rewarded by Queen Victoria.

So, we have a special offer for Hull primary schools…during the closing period of Hull City of Culture 2017 – limited availability of a FREE bus or coach to bring one or more classes to the museum to experience the unique Wilderspin Schoolroom – and a special discount fee of £30 per class per session.

We are also offering a one-off discount fee to Hull schools for our outreach sessions.

And we’re busy researching more about Wilderspin’s activities in Hull to create an exhibition for display in the city.

All this is possible due to support by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s “Sharing Heritage” programme.

More details about the schools programme can be found in the Schools Programme tab, or by telephone (01652) 635172.

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Posted on:19th October 2017

Poppy Making – Wet Felting Workshops

“Crafted by Snorky” is returning to lead you step by step to create a hand-felted poppy.

The sessions are on Friday 22nd September, 6pm to 9pm and Saturday 28th October, 10am to 1pm.

Both take place in the Varah Room in the Aelberry Building with good car parking immediately outside.

Click on What’s On – Courses, for full details of each workshop.









Posted on:29th August 2017

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!

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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