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

Old Masters – Remastered – 11am opening on Friday 5 July

We hope you’ll understand …

The exhibition room is in use for a pre-booked Yoga session.

The Old Masters – Remastered exhibition will open at 11am.

Some paintings are on display in the central lobby, and the Samuel Wilderspin portraits are on display in the Wilderspin School Museum.

The Old School Canteen coffee shop is open in the Museum also.

Posted on:2nd July 2019

Barton Arts 2019 back at Wilderspin

The festival has started and we’ll be hosting a number of events:

Old Masters – Remastered!

Infant Schools 200 ~ Samuel Wilderspin Portrait Competition

Arts Trail with Morris Dancing, Barton Ukes and Bhangra

Graham Saunders lecture

Check the Barton Arts website for full details and ticketing information:

Posted on:27th June 2019

Samuel Wilderspin Portrait Competition

Infant Schools 200 

Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 June, 10am – 4pm

Continuing our celebration of two hundred years of Infant Schooling in England, members of the North Lincolnshire Art Group display their renditions of J. R. Herbert’s 1847 portrait of the pioneer and promoter of Infant Schools.

Admission is free.

Posted on:27th June 2019

Old Masters – Remastered!

Another chance chance to see some classic Old Masters, reworked by local artists of the North Lincolnshire Art Groups, combining wonderful painting skills and a walk through the history of Art.

Exhibition open during Museum opening times: 10am – 4pm

Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 September as part of Heritage Open Days


Note – the paintings are displayed in the first floor Chapel which is accessible only by stairs and stair lift.  There are also steps in the Chapel. (The Trust is trying to raise funds for installation of a lift in this historic building)

Wheelchair accessible toilets are available on the ground floor.



Posted on:27th June 2019

Barrow on Humber Wheelbarrow Festival

Visit our wheelbarrow celebrating Samuel Wilderspin’s part in England’s first Infant School two hundred years ago.

We’ll be on Barton Street/North Street at DN19 7AP near John Harrison Primary School between 11am and 4pm each day.

Programmes are £2.50 and are available at the Market Place.


Posted on:26th May 2019