Welcome to Wilderspin School

Open Days

Our weekly opening times have been extended and are now: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11am – 3pm.

NEW! Sunday guided tours : 16 June, 7 July, 4 August & 15 September at 1.30pm – £5 Annual Ticket inc. refreshments. Booking essential: tel. (01652) 635172.

Refreshments are available on Fridays – click for more detail.    The Slow Circular Earth zero waste community cafe will not be open this Friday during the Half Term holiday.


THIS SATURDAY 1 June is our annual Open Day with FREE admission, a chance to look behind the scenes and find out about volunteering opportunities with us and other Barton volunteering projects.











Access information for visitors with specific needs.  Click here for details.



Slow Circular Earth comes to Wilderspin – find out more

Find out about our AWARD WINNING Memory Cafe Project and our chatty cafe






Barton Street Boot Sale

Visit our Caretaker’s Clearout! stall and pop in for a tea break as you explore the best of Barton’s bric a brac!

Check Facebook for locations.

10am – 2pm

Brilliant Buildings

Models and poetry fashioned by pupils from Castledyke Primary School based on their exploration and discovery of Barton’s fine Victorian buildings.

view of museum on barton bike night

Barton Bike Night

Back to its traditional Wednesday evening – motorcycles, trace stands, vintage bikes and live bands.

The Museum has refreshments and helmet / leathers storage.


Mother Goose

Our resident Community Theatre Group FRIENDS AT BARTON return in November with another family pantomime, transforming the Joseph Wright Hall into Witz End Farm.  Will Demon Vanity steal the golden eggs or will Fairy Virtue save the day?  Tickets on sale from October 2024.



Discover the story of Samuel Wilderspin and see the unique Infant Schoolroom and Playground that he designed in 1845.

The Wilderspin Story
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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