Welcome to Wilderspin School

Painting of Samuel Wilderspin

Samuel Wilderspin (1791 -1866)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Christmas Fair is on Saturday 30 November

as part of Barton’s Christmas Festival between 12pm and 4pm, with late refreshments on sale until 7pm – the date was incorrectly shown as 23 November in our 2019 Events leaflet.

 

New volunteers are always welcome.

Pop in for an application form or for a chat to find out more, or telephone (01652) 635172 or email wilderspinschoolmuseum@gmail.com

 

Would you like to join our Education Team?

Please get in touch if you might be interested and we can give you more details. 

 

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Twenty five years ago efforts began by volunteers of the Queen Street School Preservation Trust to save and restore this former National & Infants School with its unique connections to Samuel Wilderspin, pioneer of infant education.  More volunteers have run the museum these past ten years.  Now, in 2018, these efforts have earned us a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  Our News page has more details.  If you would like to join our “award winning” team – go to our “Supporting Us” page.

Begin your tour in the post-war classroom for a flavour of school life in the 1950s – 70s … the story starts at the time the building closed in 1978.  Here you’ll recall many things from your own schooldays.

Pause in the National School classroom for a taste of Victorian childhood, then contemplate Samuel Wilderspin’s ground-breaking methods in his Infants’ Schoolroom and Playground of 1845.  This was a model school where teachers were trained, and where Wilderspin and his family taught.

We are a family-friendly museum, fully wheelchair-accessible and with a stylish coffee shop – The Old School Canteen. Visitors of all ages will experience school life from a bygone age – with lots for children to see and touch while grownups can reminisce and reflect on their own memories of school.

Located in the historic town of Barton-upon-Humber, close to the Humber Bridge, the museum makes a great place to start your exploration of the town and South Humber Bank.

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CURRENT EVENTS

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

quiz written on blackboard slate

Museums at Night Quiz

Join us for another autumn quiz.

Register your team of up to six for another evening of brain teasers and fun.

£2 per person

Bar & raffle

7.00pm doors open for a 7.30pm start in the Joseph Wright Hall (ground floor)

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.

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.

Museum Exhibits

Museum Exhibits

From interactive exhibitions to an original Victorian classroom. Here is a taster of some of the interesting exhibits you can find during your visit.

Wilderspin Exhibits
Schools Programme

Schools Programme

Our Schools Programme has been developed to provide children with an exciting way of engaging with the history of Victorian school life.

Schools Programme
History of the School

History of the School

Learn about Samuel Wilderspin and the Wilderspin National Schools and how his innovations gradually transformed schooling for children of all ages.

Wilderspin History
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