French Conversation Classes

Twelve weekly classes in French conversation run by a native French teacher, Nathalie Brady, starting on Wednesday 9 January 2019.

Post beginners 1pm – 2.30pm

Intermediate 2.30pm – 4pm

£99 for the twelve week course.

Half term break Wednesday 20 February.  Final session Wednesday 3 April.

For further details , please contact Nathalie Brady on 01652 660719 or email:

Posted on:15th November 2018
raffle tickets

Win an overnight stay in the Lake District in our Christmas Raffle

Tickets for our 2018 Raffle are now on sale in the museum shop and at Euronics, George Street

There are some great prizes including an overnight stay for two people B&B at Yewfield Country Guest House, Lake District (extendable).

Other prizes include afternoon teas, lunches, vouchers, hampers and show tickets

The raffle is to support the Queen Street School Preservation Trust’s further restoration of the former Barton Church School and Primitive Methodist Chapel.


Check out the full prize list:

  • Overnight stay for two people B&B at Yewfield Country Guest House, Lake District  – extendable
  • Sunday Lunch for two at Harrisons award-winning restaurant, Barton
  • Fill your own hamper to £20 at Newton Butchers, Barton
  • Digital radio from Euronics, Barton
  • Planter from The Old Tileworks
  • Cosmetics taster pack from Arbonne
  • £25 voucher from The Old Mill, Barton
  • His and hers Smart t-shirts and MB picture from Listers of Lincoln
  • £5 voucher from Bensons Butchers
  • Beauty voucher from Rachel Atkin, The Spa, High Street, Barton
  • Afternoon tea for two at The Humber Bridge Country Hotel
  • Morning tea & cake for two at The Humber Bridge Country Hotel
  • Basket of fresh fruit/veg from Crisp & Fresh, King Street, Barton
  • Pantomime tickets
  • Steptoe & Son Christmas Show tickets




Posted on:31st October 2018

How to Research Your Family History

Learn how to investigate your family history including school records. This ten week course includes two visits to a Local Studies Library and an Archive Office to delve into the sort of sources you could use to trace your family tree and add context. The tutor will provide weekly help with your investigations and access to supporting literature.
It’s just £60 for the ten weeks course.
TEL (01652) 635172 TO BOOK
Posted on:22nd September 2018

French Kids Clubs

French language classes for children, through arts and crafts, music, stories and films – running throughout term time.

For 8 – 12 year olds on Saturdays between 2pm and 3pm.

£35 for seven weeks

Get in touch if you’re interested in French sessions for 4-7 year olds, or even baby and toddler sessions.

Contact Stephanie on 07927 943489 or

Posted on:22nd September 2018

70 Shades Damper – rescheduled

Following the huge touring success of ’69 Shades of Beige’ MJS Production return with another fast-moving, character swapping, comedy feast.

Tom struggles to balance the demands of his wife who wants a baby, his agent who wants more earnings, and his own dreams of being a comedian.  What could possibly go wrong?

Tickets: £10, concessions £7

(first floor auditorium – at this stage in our development of the venue, we can only manage stair lift access for visitors with restricted mobility)

This performance has been rescheduled and was originally programmed for 11 October.

Posted on:22nd September 2018

Rout Cakes, Riddles and Regency Lovers: Jane Austen’s Emma

Emma Woodhouse may be Austen’s most infuriating heroine, but her doomed attempts at matchmaking take place against a background of fascinating social history. Tutor Judith Hedley looks at the novel itself in detail, but also at contemporary issues such as food, manners, the class system and women’s education – all explored with Austen’s invariable wit and wisdom.

£35 (five sessions)

WEA Course ref C3673637

Enrol online at or call 0300 303 3464

Posted on:20th August 2018

History of not very nice things (B)

Tutor Richard Clarke will present more themes ‘spiced-up’ with some social psychology and, probably, some reference to religious beliefs. The themes for this short course will be: Humiliation/Punishment, Terrorists, Climate Change, Divorce/(Marriage), Fake News/Gossip – there may be some revision of this list before the Autumn. Student participation will be central to the success, or otherwise, of these sessions and the main expectation on students will be to have considered and ‘looked-up’ something on the topic before each session. Personal opinions and recollections will be welcomed.

£35 for five sessions

WEA Course ref C3673638

Enrol online at or call 0300 303 3464
















Posted on:20th August 2018

June joins our Teddy Gallery

Here’s Amelia Rose on her recent visit with “Lucy” her bear learning about the people who worked and studied here – including the sleeping Mr. Wilderspin himself!

Amelia Rose and “June” are now entered in our 2018 prize winning draw with a chance of winning the Mr. Wilderspin bear to add to her collection.

Amelia Rose August 2018

Posted on:18th August 2018

Summer Holidays

Our popular family Teddy Trail encourages children to explore the museum and discover characters from the school’s past – everyone from the school nurse to Mrs Wilderspin!  It’s now only £1 for the first trail sheet and 50p for additional copies.  Bring your own teddy and take a photo of hi,/her and yourself to send us for our Teddy portrait gallery – or borrow one of our lonely teddies longing for a friend to take them round the museum.

Why not combine this with one of our Retro Craft sessions each Thursday during the holiday (1pm – 3pm).

Posted on:3rd August 2018

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Our volunteers have had their efforts recognised by the Queen.  The Queen Street School Preservation Trust, which runs the school is one of just three voluntary groups in Lincolnshire to receive a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), the MBE for volunteer groups.

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: “Everyone who has received this award should be incredibly proud. Their service, commitment and care have a profoundly positive impact on communities throughout the country and I am delighted they have been recognised with this prestigious award.”

The Trust’s award is for saving and restoring Samuel Wilderspin’s Model Infant School and providing museum and educational services.  The school was opened in 1845 and today is a Grade II* listed building as it is a rare survival of a Wilderspin School.  Help from the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage enabled the Trust to restore the school, and Lottery funding has helped subsequent education and volunteer-led projects.

Representatives of the Trust attended the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace last week with other recipients.  A record 250 voluntary groups from across the UK received the award for their work in their communities.  Two of our volunteers, Peter and Janet Smurthwaite are pictured, with our Development Officer & Volunteer, Ian Wolseley, and his wife Julie.

John Walker, who has been Chair of the Trust for ten years and knows how much work has been done by its volunteers, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have our efforts recognised in this way.   For over twenty five years volunteers have worked hard to save and restore the derelict school building.  Many people have been involved along the way, giving freely of their time doing a vast range of jobs which now concentrate on running the site as a museum and a community venue used by lots of organisations running courses and meetings.  “This is on ongoing challenge,” Mr. Walker continued, “We have lots of roles both front of house and behind the scenes for new volunteers.  It’s a great way to meet new people and feel part of a team and a project no matter how much time you are able to give.”

Since opening as a museum in 2009 volunteers have welcomed 85,000 visitors, and an additional 40,000 people have used its meeting and conference facilities.  The museum has run around 700 sessions with visiting school groups involving 22,000 pupils, and the quality of its education programme has earned a Sandford Award for Heritage Education.

The QAVS Independent Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said: “The recipients of the Queen’s Award are at the very top of a formidable volunteering movement in the UK involving millions of our citizens, and going from strength to strength.”

More help is always required in the museum and the Joseph Wright Hall, and if you’d like to get involved and join the Trust’s award winning team you can call (01652) 635172, email or just call in when the museum is open, Thursday – Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

More details are available from:

#QAVS2018 hashtag




Posted on:6th June 2018