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

Singin’ in the Rain

Friends At Barton have well and truly made The Joseph Wright Hall their Theatrical Home and will be returning in March 2018 to perform the Award winning Hollywood Blockbuster Musical SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN directed once again by Paul Tate.

Come along and tap your feet to  wonderful songs such as Make ‘Em Laugh, Good Morning and the spectacular title song and dance routine made famous by Gene Kelly.

Barton, get ready for a week of Glamour, Sparkle and pure downright fun as you are whisked away to a land of Silent Movies and Talkies!

Performances are Tuesday 27th to Saturday 31st March 2018 at 7.30pm including a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are on sale now.  Adults £8 and Concessions (students, children and senior citizens) £5.

Posted on:8th December 2017

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

Wilderspin’s Hull Connections

We are sharing the story of Samuel Wilderspin in Hull with school children from the city as part of Hull City of Culture 2017.

Southcoates Primary Academy will be our guests on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st November.  The children will experience Mr. Wilderspin’s gas-lit Schoolroom and the Playground reconstructed as they would have looked in 1845 – and do a little archaeology digging to boot!

Sharing heritage hull

Posted on:18th November 2017

Christmas is coming!

Plans are well underway for our Christmas Fair as part of the Barton Christmas Festival on Saturday 25th November.

Most stalls have been booked for our indoor market of crafts and gifts, and our Victorian fair.

Our shop will be selling Victorian teddy bears, craft kits and stocking fillers – and the Old School Canteen coffee shop will be open for festive fare._KS20764

And we’re having a BIG raffle with some great prizes – on sale very shortly.

Put the 25th in your diary now!


Posted on:2nd November 2017

Gong Bath

The Gong Bath held at the Joseph Wright Hall may not be as big as (!) this but if you didn’t know what it’s about the picture may help. The next session planned at the Joseph Wright Hall is on 29 November.
Gongs are ancient healing instruments which promote meditative states and deep relaxation.
This is a small group session where your only requirement is to lay comfortably with your eyes closed and to relax.
You will need to bring a yoga mat, pillow. blanket and a bottle of water.
To book and for more information, contact Sarah at,com
The session runs from 7pm – 8pm.

Posted on:30th October 2017