Welcome to Wilderspin School

Discover a re-telling of the Wilderspin Story with new displays, and historical classroom settings illustrating the history of the Barton Church School, including a new Wartime Classroom.

Our team of volunteers has been depleted during the Covid lockdowns.  In order to guarantee opening times we need to restrict our regular open days to weekends only (11am – 3pm) while we recruit and train new staff.  Do, please, let us know if you’d like to help and join our team of Visitor Guides, front of house.

The Old School Canteen is open Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm.



We have had support from Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire to help us invest in more efficient heating for the Joseph Wright Hall, as part of an £8.5 million Smart Energy programme part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Click here for the full story: http://www.wilderspinschool.org.uk/news/

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Additional support to improve our shop and visitor reception as we prepare for post – Covid reopening was made available by the Humber Business Growth Hub – SME Restart & Recovery / Kickstarting Tourism programme part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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Click here for a summary of our 2020-25 Forward Plan




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Quiz Night

Everyone’s invited to celebrate Museums at Night with us and take part in our popular Quiz Night on Friday 29 October – which also helps raise funds for further restoration works on the site.  It’s only £2 per person – but you can spend more in the bar!  Teams of up to six can be booked now on (01652) 635172.  The quiz will take place in the Joseph Wright Hall (ground floor).  Doors open 6.30pm.  Quiz starts at 7pm.

Alice in Wonderland cancelled

Sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to be possible after all to stage Friends at Barton’s production of Alice in Wonderland this year at Wilderspin, cancelled due to Covid restrictions in 2020.

Click here for more information and about refunds.

Christmas Weekends

Saturdays 4 & 5 and Sundays 11 & 12 December, 10am-4pm

Visit Barton’s only Victorian Father Christmas, with crafts and more.

Book your stall for all or part of these festive weekends.

Tel (01652) 635172




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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