Wilderspin National School

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ilderspin National School is located in Queen Street, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire.
The school was built in 1844 and is strongly linked with Samuel Wilderspin, the educational pioneer, who was instrumental in completely changing the face of  primary education. 
 
 
Wilderspin (1791-1866) was particularly concerned with the education of the poor, specialising in the youngest age group of pupils.  He was the first to develop the school playground and the influence of his model schools spread nationally and internationally.  Together with his wife and daughter, Wilderspin taught at this school for several years, using it as his base for promoting an enlightened approach to education across Britain.
This Grade II listed former Church School is unique and is the only known survival of a Wilderspin school and playground.  It has been identified by English Heritage as "One of the most important schools in England" and now serves as a museum for visitors of all ages to experience a slice of school life in a bygone age.
Open 10 am - 4 pm (Summer opening from 1st April) Thursday to Sunday; 10:30 - 3:30 (Winter opening from 1st December) Thursday to Sunday ... and don't miss the excellent Coffee Shop!!
 
Many thanks to the Museum for very kindly allowing me to phtograph the school rooms for inclusion on this site.
 
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