Alice in Wonderland cancelled

Sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to be possible after all to stage Friends at Barton’s production of Alice in Wonderland this year at Wilderspin, cancelled due to Covid restrictions in 2020.

Click here for more information and about refunds.

Posted on:23rd September 2021

Alice in Wonderland cancellation

Friends at Barton’s postponed production of Alice in Wonderland has regrettably been cancelled while essential  electrical and safety improvements in the Joseph Wright Hall, started during the last lockdown, are completed this autumn.

The work has been made possible thanks to a grant from SSE Sustainable Development Fund, and additional heating improvements have been funded by Land Trust.

We’re getting in touch with ticket holders to advise about refunds.   Our Office is open on Thursdays & Fridays only to process refunds – we are unable to deal with cash refunds at other times.  If you are unable to call in on Thursdays & Fridays, please get in touch by phone (01652 635172) or email so we can make alternative arrangements.

We are grateful to ticket holders who have kindly donated their payment to the Trust for the benefit of further improvements to the Hall – these monies will be added to the Joseph Wright Hall Public Appeal which will be used to remodel the fire escape and stage access stairs which will enable us to increase audience capacity.  It’s important that donations to the appeal from ticket monies are clearly designated as such – if you’d like to do this, please let us know by phone or email.  The Museum office is staffed on Thursdays and Fridays only, but you can leave a message on our answerphone any time.

The first shows in the re-opened Hall will be the South Bank Players Christmas panto.

Posted on:22nd September 2021

Alice in Wonderland update

We are working with Friends At Barton to reschedule ALICE IN WONDERLAND, cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions, this autumn – all being well.

Essential safety works improving the Joseph Wright Hall auditorium have been underway during the lockdowns – including installation of a lift and new electrics and a fire alarm system – and are due for completion in October.

We will advise ticket holders of the new dates as soon as possible and arrange for refunds if necessary.

We are grateful to Landtrust for funding support to install the lift, and to SSE Renewables (Sustainable Development Fund) for funding support of the safety improvements.

Posted on:8th September 2021

Heritage Open Days 2021

Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are not usually publicly accessible or would normally charge a fee. It also includes tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area. Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event and is also held in a further 48 countries across Europe.



Voices of Lincolnshire – Stories Unheard

In 2021 Heritage Lincolnshire is celebrating the many voices of Lincolnshire with a particular focus on the amazing stories that many people have not heard.  The theme focusses on the idea of celebrating the many voices of the county that have contributed to its heritage and culture, but which often go ‘unheard ’.  The festival will run from Friday 10th to Sunday 19th September 2021 giving everyone a whole ten days to visit the special places taking part.

Posted on:6th September 2021

Christmas Weekends

Saturdays 4 & 5 and Sundays 11 & 12 December, 10am-4pm

Visit Barton’s only Victorian Father Christmas, with crafts and more.

Book your stall for all or part of these festive weekends.

Tel (01652) 635172


Posted on:4th September 2021

Back to School!

Lockdown seemed as good a time as any to shake things up a little.

And the National Lottery Heritage Fund has helped us – so, thank you!

After our first decade we thought it was time to re-open by re-telling the fascinating story of the School’s unique link with Samuel Wilderspin and his Infant System – back in the early 1800s.

We’ve re-shaped your visit so you’ll go “back to school”, straight into the world’s only reconstruction Mr. Wilderspin’s Model Infant School of 1845.

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Then new displays and historical classroom settings tell the story of the Barton Church School, including a new Wartime Classroom showing the part played by the School in the Second World War.

You can help too – tell us what you think about our re-telling of the Wilderspin Story.  We’ll then look at things again over the summer and tweak things further in time for a big bash in September as part of Heritage Open Days.

Posted on:12th July 2021

Kickstarting Tourism

The Trust is grateful to the Humber Business Growth Hub for help with improving our shop and visitor reception as we prepare for post – Covid reopening.  We received £1,750 towards upgrading our Shop & Visitor Reception with funding made available by the  – SME Restart & Recovery / Kickstarting Tourism programme part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


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Posted on:13th April 2021

Joseph Wright Hall

The Trust is working to restore and reuse this Grade II listed building next door to the School Museum for our education and events programmes, and to adapt the surviving tiered pews on the first floor into an auditorium for community performances.


An EU (ERDF) Smart Energy grant supplemented our own funding to upgrade the heating system.  We’ve also been able to install a lift thanks to a grant of £40,000 from EnTrust.  To further bolster the Trust’s efforts to attract additional external funding we have launched a local appeal for £50,000 which will be used to lever in a further £200,000.

Supporters can send a cheque (payable to the Queen Street School Preservation Trust) to the Treasurer, Graham Cannon at the Wilderspin School Museum, Queen Street, Barton, DN18 5QP,  or contact us for details of how to arrange a BACS payment.  Alternatively, you can set up a standing order for a monthly payment or a BACS payment. While it is hoped that these payments will continue for two years they can be cancelled at any time.

Posted on:5th July 2020

Lottery Club

Support our work restoring the former Church School & Primitive Methodist Chapel

Half the receipts are shared out as cash prizes

The more members, the bigger the prizes

Two draws a year

Annual subscription only £15 (less than 30p per week!) by standing order only

To participate and support the Trust, especially at this challenging time, please print the Standing Order from and return it to us

Click here for the WNS Lottery Standing Order Form


Posted on:10th April 2020
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Would you like to join our Education Team?

Due to increased demand from schools we require more Education Assistants to deliver “off the shelf” sessions to visiting school groups.  Teaching experience is helpful but not essential – what’s needed is self-confidence and enthusiasm!  Full training and induction is, of course, provided.  It’s very fulfilling and there’s a little remuneration too.

Please get in touch if you might be interested and we can give you more details.


tel: (01652) 635172

Posted on:20th December 2018