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Barton Heritage Open Days

September 9, 2017
Wilderspin National School Museum
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Queen Street, Barton upon Humber, United Kingdom, DN18 5QP

Barton Library, Providence House

Open for viewing, display

Barton’s Library will be putting on a display about the colourful history of Providence House, the building that houses it. The building has been a home for a family of philanthropists, a refuge for orphans after the war and a scene for the grisliest of deaths. Now, the library is a great place to learn about history, and this weekend is no exception.

9am – 1pm

Hidden Histories Family Trail

This free guided walk for families is designed to take people back in time and make them feel part of Barton’s history with the help of the town’s new Hidden History phone app, not to mention historical characters, a secret garden and short stories that bring the past to life.  It starts at the Wilderspin National School Museum and ends at The Ropewalk, lasting about two hours including stops and many surprises. All you need is good footwear, a sense of adventure and a hunger for historic adventures. Avoid disappointment by booking on (01652) 635172.

10am and 11am

The Ropewalk

Guided Tours

Set within a Grade II Listed former ropeworks, this regionally acclaimed arts centre features exhibition galleries, a craft gallery, a coffee shop and The Ropewalk Museum, paying tribute to Hall’s Barton Ropery and its workers.  The tours last approximately one hour.  Children’s self-guided tour is available.  Telephone (01652) 660380 to book.  Admission is free.

10.30am and 2.30pm

Joseph Wright Hall

Open Building

This huge and ornate chapel was opened in 1867 and had seating for 600 people.  The Chapel was one of renowned architect, Joseph Wright’s most impressive buildings and is now one of his last surviving works. After substantial renovations and additions, most of the gallery, together with virtually all the beautiful windows and the ceiling and organ chamber arch plasterwork survive.  The first-floor gallery of this Grade II Listed Building is open for viewing with members of the Queen Street School Preservation Trust on hand to outline plans for its restoration and reuse.

Admission is free

11am – 3pm

Train up a Child

Mr. Samuel Wilderspin, infant educator, or one of his esteemed Agents will lecture in the Primitive Methodist Chapel – specially opened for public viewing this weekend.   Mr. Wilderspin’s pioneering teaching methods will be outlined and will be demonstrated in the adjacent National School.

Lectures will take place on one day only – Saturday 9 September, on the half hour between 11.30am and 2.30pm, and last approximately one quarter of an hour.  Admission is free.

11.30am – 2.30pm

Baysgarth House Museum

The Life of the Wright Taylor Family

Join us to explore the life of the Wright Taylor family at Baysgarth House Museum through displays, trails, guided tours and more!  Trails from Thursday to Sunday, costumed interpretation, and tours Saturday and Sunday.  Refreshments and free parking available (subject to availability). See more on our website at

12 – 4pm

Pitman Puzzle – Pick up from The Ropewalk and Wilderspin National School Museum

Isaac Pitman developed the most widely used system of shorthand, now known as Pitman Shorthand 180 years ago while he was employed as teacher at the British School on Queen Street in Barton.  He developed his shorthand system while he was employed as teacher in Barton at the British School on Queen Street between 1832 and 1836 – practising while listening to sermons in the town’s churches and chapels. To mark the 120th anniversary of his death, grab a puzzle sheet from the Wilderspin Museum or The Ropewalk and find the Pitman Puzzles at a number of the venues taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days.  Solve enough and you could win a prize.

Children’s Quiz

A free children’s guide and quiz sheet about the Ropewalk’s history is available over the weekend to get children interested in the past and present of this unique building.



Contact Details

Tourist Information
Telephone: 01652 631500

Barton Town Council
Telephone: 01652 633598

Barton-upon-Humber Tourism Partnership
Telephone: 01652 660380