We’re Good to Go

The Museum and Old School Canteen have both re-opened.

The Museum is open between 11am and 3pm on Saturdays & Sundays only initially, while we adjust to the virus precautions.  The Wilderspin Story is our main focus which includes the 1845 Infant Schoolroom and Playground with new features including a video of the Schoolroom in action, and a display about Wilderspin’s work in Hull.

The Old School Canteen coffee shop is open between 10am and 4pm on Thursdays – Sundays, spreading through thee rooms to space out tables, and with outdoor seating in the Wilderspin Playground.  It’s a great success with customers giving great feedback about the safety, comfort and menu.

Posted on:4th August 2020

Joseph Wright Hall

This huge and ornate Primitive Methodist Chapel was opened in 1867 and had seating for 600 people.

The Chapel was designed by Joseph Wright of Hull (1818 – 85), and was one of his most impressive buildings.

It is among the last surviving examples of his work.


It ceased to be used by the Methodists in 1961 and subsequently became the Salvation Army Citadel.  The interior of the main hall was substantially redesigned by the insertion of a floor at gallery level, the removal of the ground floor pews and alterations to the frontage.  Most of the gallery, together with virtually all the beautiful windows and the plasterwork to the ceiling and organ chamber arch survive.

The Queen Street School Preservation Trust has plans to restore and reuse this Grade II listed building to create a community arts centre.



Posted on:5th July 2020

Barton Arts Festival

This year’s Barton Arts Festival, due to be held at the end of June, has been cancelled so the whole programme has been moved to 2021 but, sadly, without Tim Brooke-Taylor who has sadly passed.

These events, due to be held at the Wilderspin School Museum, will be rescheduled for next year:

Lincolnshire Life Art Exhibition

Ted Lewis Jazz Celebration

The Graham Saunders Lecture – Desert Island Discs Take 2

An American in Paris

Posted on:5th June 2020

Events at Wilderspin

All our events, and those of other organisations, which were scheduled to take place at the Wilderspin School Museum have been cancelled until the situation is clearer with respect to safe operation of activities and social distancing.

Posted on:21st May 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

A New Artistic Director for Wilderspin’s Joseph Wright Hall

Plans for developing a community theatre venue in Barton have been bolstered by the appointment of West End actor and director Paul Tate as Artistic Director for the Queen Street School Preservation Trust. Paul’s expertise in the arts, stretching over 35 years, will help the Trust shape plans for the Joseph Wright Hall, part of the Wilderspin School Museum on Queen Street, as it emerges as an arts centre in the town.
Paul is a local boy – he grew up in Barton and still has family living in the town. His visits back to his roots have become more frequent of late; he created Friends At Barton in 2016 and since then has written and produced two sell-out shows specially for the venue. The first was A Christmas Carol in 2016, and then The Snow Queen the following year.
Paul has been working with Friends at Barton on their latest production, Alice in Wonderland, which had to be postponed until the current virus crisis passes. “This latest production,” Paul says, “is another link between the Victorian building and novels of the period.” He is now writing his next show, Pinocchio, for 2021 and is also contemplating a production of Wuthering Heights for the future
Posted on:4th April 2020

2020 Season Underway

And our opening hours have reverted to 10am – 4pm on Thursdays – Sundays.

Our 2020 Events programme starts on Sunday 15 March with our second Steampunk Day in partnership with the Hull Steampunk Rebels.

Posted on:5th March 2020

Freinds at Barton return

Friends at Barton have had to cancel their show ALICE IN WONDERLAND scheduled for later in the month.

This is obviously due to the current virus situation.

And it was going to be terrific – the set looks fantastic!  Our thoughts are with all the cast and crew who will be gutted after all their hard work!

REFUNDS can be arranged for the time being at the Wilderspin School Museum, Thursday – Sunday, 10-4.

These times may change – we’ll update this page if they do.  You can also phone us on (01652) 635172 to discuss alternative arrangements.

Thank you to supporters who have kindly donated some or all of their purchase to the Queen Street School Preservation Trust as a contribution towards our restoration of the former chapel.

Posted on:19th January 2020

New course – A History of Sculpture

Dr. Mo Ille’s next course at the Museum, starting on Monday 13 January.  See Courses tab for more details.

Posted on:5th January 2020

New course – Astonomy

A 6 weeks WEA course on Wednesday evenings at the Wilderspin School Museum starting 22 January – see the Course tab for details.

Posted on:4th January 2020