Join South Bank Players as they bring you their family, feel-good pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’, written by Liz Drury.

Tickets are £8 adults & £5 concessions and are available now through South Bank Players safe and secure online ‘Tickets Sales’ page or via the Wilderspin National School Museum during opening hours.

Thursday 5 & Friday 6 December,  7.30pm

Saturday 7 December, 2.30pm

Doors open 45 mins prior to performance start time.

Posted on:27th September 2019

Once Upon a Time

Celebrating some of our best loved traditional children’s stories with displays, storytelling and family activities.

Admission (all ages) £3

Family ticket for up to four £10

PLEASE NOTE THERE WAS AN ERROR IN OUR 2019 EVENTS LEAFLET – which wrongly listed the starting date as  28 November.  

It should have said starting Thursday 5 December.

Our normal displays are closed during this period.

Posted on:27th September 2019

Barton Christmas Festival

Enjoy our indoor craft and Christmas stalls in the Joseph Wright Hall from 12pm until 4pm, and in the Museum there’ll be mulled wine and mince pies and Barton’s only Victorian Father Christmas, with refreshments in the Old School Canteen.

This year we will stay open for hot drinks from 4pm to 7pm if you’re watching the lantern parade or joining in the carol singing.

PLEASE NOTE THERE WAS AN ERROR IN OUR 2019 EVENTS LEAFLET – which wrongly listed the date of the festival fair as 23 November.  It should have said Saturday 30 November.

Posted on:27th September 2019

Art and the City

Monday afternoons, 1:30-3:30 pm for five weeks

Monday 11 November – 2 December

Tutor: Dr Mo Ille

Follows  by “Art Between the Wars” (Monday 30 September to 28 October)

Booking, fees, more details:

(01724) 733067

Posted on:27th September 2019

Art Between the Wars

Monday afternoons, 1:30-3:30 pm for five weeks

Monday 30 September to 28 October

Tutor: Dr Mo Ille



Followed from Monday 11 November – 2 December by “Art and the City”

Booking, fees, more details:

(01724) 733067

Posted on:27th September 2019

One Bloody Fang After Another

Celebrate Halloween at Wilderspin this year!

A haunting, paranormal force has gripped the town.  The young Lucy Westenra is taken ill and psychiatrist Dr. Seward calls on his mentor Professor Van Helsing to advise.  The Professor has a perplexing diagnosis – Lucy carries all the symptoms of a vampire’s latest victim.

So begins a frenzied stab at trying to uncloak Count Dracula as the vampire in their midst. Sadly, it gets quite “midsty” in Whitby at times…

Bram Stoker’s immortal horror story is given an affectionate lampooning in this physical, riotous comedy. Now, it is truly horrific.

Joseph Wright Hall – The Trust is currently seeking funding to upgrade access in the Hall.  This performance is on the first floor – access is by stairs and stair lift only.  Ground floor toilets with wheelchair access.

£8 / £28 (group of 4).  To book – telephone Hambledon Productions (01472 870935) or call in / telephone the museum on 01652 63517

Posted on:12th September 2019

Lincolnshire Learning, Wisdom & Folklore

The theme for this year’s Heritage Open Days across Lincolnshire in education – very relevant to a museum of education!

In Barton we have something happening every day from 13 to 22 September.  Full details of this heritage festival are available at

Posted on:12th September 2019

Stitched Winter Decorations

Pins & Needles come to the museum with this wintry workshop for all ages.

Saturday 7 December

9.30am – 12.30pm for 6-9 year olds

1pm – 4pm for 10+


Tel. 07764497280 or email to book and for more details.


Posted on:11th September 2019

Another Victorian Music Hall Show

Our third variety show in the guise of Victorian music hall has a superb mix of music, comedy and spoken word to surpass previous successes!

There’s still time to plan your costume for a chance of winning a spot prize – or come as you please and watch instead!

Tickets for the show – on Friday 13 September as part of Heritage Open Days 2019 – are now on sale and are only £10 – all seats.


Posted on:29th July 2019

Civic Society visit to Grantham

You are invited to join our volunteers and members of Barton Civic Society on its annual trip – to the Lincolnshire town of Grantham.


  • Grade 1 listed Old Kings School which Isaac Newton attended
  • Historic Market Place, Market Cross and the Old Conduit
  • St Wulfram’s Church and the Trigg Library – maybe the oldest public library in the country.
  • The Angel & Royal Hotel – one of the oldest inns in the country and visited by several kings – and a great place to buy lunch
  • Grantham Museum with displays about Margaret Thatcher, Isaac Newton and special exhibitions including one about the Dambusters raids

Everything is within easy walking distance of our coach drop off, and there will be time to explore the shops and sites independently.

Tickets are £20 and can be booked at the Wilderspin National School Museum (01652 635172).

Departure 8.30am from the Wilderspin National School, Queen Street – free car parking available.  Return by 5.30pm.

Posted on:29th July 2019