Schools & Education Services

Our Schools Programme has been developed to provide children with an exciting way of engaging their young minds with history, and of encouraging them to use their imaginations and powers of creative thinking.

Each learning activity takes place in the Wilderspin National School, a restored Grade II* listed building where education pioneer Samuel Wilderspin changed the face of primary school education.

There are opportunities for whole-day visits to the School and facilities for eating a packed lunch. Schools can also plan for whole day visits to Barton by linking their work at the School with a visit to one of the other nearby attractions in the South Humber Collection that explore a range of complementary heritage, arts and environmental themes. Details of these attractions can be found on our website in the also in the area section.

Up in the Gallery

This programme is tailored for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils.
Their visit takes place in the restored Victorian schoolroom and playground designed by Samuel Wilderspin who taught there with his wife and daughter. Playtime takes place in the playground using typical toys from the time.
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Eyes to the Front

This programme is specifically tailored for Key Stage 2 pupils and focuses on a timetable typical of the Victorian period from 1890 for children aged from 7 to 14. It takes place in our original and distinctive Victorian classroom with all children and teachers dressing in Victorian costume.
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Wartime Schooldays Experience

This is tailored for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils and looks at what was it like for children during the Second World War.
Wartime Schooldays examines the impact of the Second World War on children’s lives at home and in the classroom. Pupils assume the role of evacuees escaping the Hull blitz for the safety of Barton.
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The Camera Never Lies

Investigating Victorian school photographs and re-creating a class image in the 1845 Wilderspin Schoolroom. The session includes object handling and time in the Wilderspin Playground using the rotating swing.

Brilliant Buildings

An urban study of the Victorian buildings of the Conservation Area in the vicinity of the school culminating in making a streetscape and map using period photographs and field study evidence.

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Colleges & Adult Education

We provide bespoke visits and tours for colleges and older students, and placement opportunities for students of all ages including student teachers. Please telephone to make arrangements.


To book a school visit, please contact the school by calling 01652 635172
or email

Pre-visits are encouraged to discuss the learning programmes and arrangements for a school visit. These can be scheduled at the end of a school day – please call to make arrangements.