Kickstarting Tourism

The Trust is grateful to the Humber Business Growth Hub for help with improving our shop and visitor reception as we prepare for post – Covid reopening.  We received £1,750 towards upgrading our Shop & Visitor Reception with funding made available by the  – SME Restart & Recovery / Kickstarting Tourism programme part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


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Posted on:13th April 2021

Reducing our carbon emissions

The Queen Street School Preservation Trust is passionate about the environment as well as our historic buildings!

We have taken steps to reduce our energy consumption, reduce our carbon emissions – and save money!

As a business we have invested in an improved, more efficient heating for the Joseph Wright Hall. This will make a huge difference to the environment and this is just the start of our sustainable journey.

To help us invest in these energy saving measures we had support from Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire. Through this we received a grant of £4,164.85 to enable us to make these fantastic changes.

The £8.5 million Smart Energy programme has been part funded by the European Regional Development fund. This is enabling small to medium businesses across the Greater Lincolnshire area invest in energy saving technology.

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Posted on:18th December 2020

Take a minute to support our gardening project

Getting in the Christmas mood?
The insurers, Ecclesiastical, have launched their “12 Days of Giving” with £120,000 to distribute among twelve charities.
Maybe you could help the Queen Street School Preservation Trust by nominating us (Charity 1047187) to help our volunteer gardeners with a project to create easy-access raised flower beds and sponsored planters for local schools and groups to care for.
Here’s the link:

Posted on:14th November 2020

Climate Change – Wetlands

Our forthcoming exhibition – paintings by Jessie Davies focussing on climate change and wetand landscapes – is the latest exhibition in our new exhibiton space in the Chapel.

Click here for a sneak preview!

Posted on:23rd September 2020

We’re Good to Go

The Museum and Old School Canteen have both re-opened.

The Museum is open between 11am and 3pm on Saturdays & Sundays only initially, while we adjust to the virus precautions.  The Wilderspin Story is our main focus which includes the 1845 Infant Schoolroom and Playground with new features including a video of the Schoolroom in action, and a display about Wilderspin’s work in Hull.

The Old School Canteen coffee shop is open between 10am and 4pm on Thursdays – Sundays, spreading through thee rooms to space out tables, and with outdoor seating in the Wilderspin Playground.  It’s a great success with customers giving great feedback about the safety, comfort and menu.

Posted on:4th August 2020

Joseph Wright Hall

This huge and ornate Primitive Methodist Chapel was opened in 1867 and had seating for 600 people.

The Chapel was designed by Joseph Wright of Hull (1818 – 85), and was one of his most impressive buildings.

It is among the last surviving examples of his work.


It ceased to be used by the Methodists in 1961 and subsequently became the Salvation Army Citadel.  The interior of the main hall was substantially redesigned by the insertion of a floor at gallery level, the removal of the ground floor pews and alterations to the frontage.  Most of the gallery, together with virtually all the beautiful windows and the plasterwork to the ceiling and organ chamber arch survive.

The Queen Street School Preservation Trust has plans to restore and reuse this Grade II listed building to create a community arts centre.



Posted on:5th July 2020

Barton Arts Festival

This year’s Barton Arts Festival, due to be held at the end of June, has been cancelled so the whole programme has been moved to 2021 but, sadly, without Tim Brooke-Taylor who has sadly passed.

These events, due to be held at the Wilderspin School Museum, will be rescheduled for next year:

Lincolnshire Life Art Exhibition

Ted Lewis Jazz Celebration

The Graham Saunders Lecture – Desert Island Discs Take 2

An American in Paris

Posted on:5th June 2020

Events at Wilderspin

All our events, and those of other organisations, which were scheduled to take place at the Wilderspin School Museum have been cancelled until the situation is clearer with respect to safe operation of activities and social distancing.

Posted on:21st May 2020

Lottery Club

Support our work restoring the former Church School & Primitive Methodist Chapel

Half the receipts are shared out as cash prizes

The more members, the bigger the prizes 

Two draws a year 

Annual subscription only £15 (less than 30p per week!) by standing order only

To participate and support the Trust, especially at this challenging time, please print the Standing Order from and return it to us

Click here for the WNS Lottery Standing Order Form


Posted on:10th April 2020

A New Artistic Director for Wilderspin’s Joseph Wright Hall

Plans for developing a community theatre venue in Barton have been bolstered by the appointment of West End actor and director Paul Tate as Artistic Director for the Queen Street School Preservation Trust. Paul’s expertise in the arts, stretching over 35 years, will help the Trust shape plans for the Joseph Wright Hall, part of the Wilderspin School Museum on Queen Street, as it emerges as an arts centre in the town.
Paul is a local boy – he grew up in Barton and still has family living in the town. His visits back to his roots have become more frequent of late; he created Friends At Barton in 2016 and since then has written and produced two sell-out shows specially for the venue. The first was A Christmas Carol in 2016, and then The Snow Queen the following year.
Paul has been working with Friends at Barton on their latest production, Alice in Wonderland, which had to be postponed until the current virus crisis passes. “This latest production,” Paul says, “is another link between the Victorian building and novels of the period.” He is now writing his next show, Pinocchio, for 2021 and is also contemplating a production of Wuthering Heights for the future
Posted on:4th April 2020