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Old School Canteen

The award-winning coffee shop is open Thursdays-Sundays 10am and 4pm serving morning breakfasts and afternoon teas in the unique setting of the former National School

well spaced tables for Covid safety

on-site baking

local sourcing                                                                  

Tel (01652) 636053 to book

 

 

Posted on:2nd December 2021

A Glimpse of Tudor Domestic Life in Barton

Barton Civic Society’s next talk is this Friday, 19 November at Wilderspin at 7.30pm.

Neil Wilkyn analyses a probate inventory to give us a tantalising glimpse into the home of a Barton resident in the sixteenth century.  What possessions did they have?  What was their furniture like?   Imagine looking through the window into a house from 500 years ago.

Non members £2 – but bring raffle money too!

Posted on:17th November 2021
quiz written on blackboard slate

Quiz Night

Museums at Night Quiz Night is tomorrow Friday 29 October in the Infant Schoolroom in the Museum – £2 per person, teams of up to six can be booked now on (01652) 635172.   Doors open 6.30pm.  Quiz starts at 7pm.  Bar. Raffle.  Car parking at rear of Museum.

Posted on:22nd September 2021

Christmas at Wilderspin

On Saturdays 4 & 11 and Sundays 5 & 12 December, 10am-4pm, we’ve some craft and gift stalls next to The Old School Canteen in addition to our own Christmas shop clearance with loads of stocking filler bargains.  And Father Christmas will be in his grotto again – 11 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 3.00 (£3.50).

If you’d like to book a stall for any of the dates above – please ring (01652) 635172

 

Posted on:4th September 2021

Decimal Place

How did schools and wider society cope with going decimal overnight fifty years ago?

Reminisce in the Chatty Café and share your memories of pounds, shillings and pence and non-metric weights and measures before the big change.

Posted on:4th September 2021

The Teacher is Abroad in the Land

Samuel Wilderspin began his pioneering work spreading Infant Schools throughout the British Isles in 1820.  Ian Wolseley explores the travels, trials and tribulations of this itinerant promoter of Infant education as he journeyed by road and sea just as the railway age dawned – making a four-year “stopover” here in Barton to set up his Model School.  The talk is part of Barton Civic Society’s 2021 lecture programme, and will take place in the Joseph Wright Hall (ground floor) at 7.3opm.  Non members £2.  Doors open 7.00pm.

Posted on:29th August 2021

Fakes and Forgeries: The Art World’s Biggest Headache

Barton Civic Society’s public lecture programme recommences at Wilderspin with a welcome return of popular speaker Marilyn Roberts to take a light-hearted look at how some of the world’s leading auction houses, galleries and museums have been fooled by forgers – including the infamous Garden Shed Gang of Bolton!

The talk is part of Barton Civic Society’s 2021 lecture programme, and will take place in the Joseph Wright Hall (ground floor) at 7.3opm.  Non members £2.  Doors open 7.00pm.

 

 

 

Posted on:29th August 2021

Temporary closure

 
 The Museum won’t be open on Sunday (22 August) and The Old School Canteen is closed all weekend.
Posted on:19th August 2021

Face to Face

What was school like in the past?

Was it as scary as they say?

The only way to find out is try it yourself!

Bring the family to meet one of our historical teachers and join a lesson as part of your museum visit – you can even plan a trip to the tea room afterwards to console yourselves and swap schooldays stories!

Remaining sessions still available:

Saturday 28 August     Mrs. Wilson’s Wartime Classroom

All lessons start at 1.30pm and last 45 minutes.

All adults £5.  Up to two children (with one adult) free.  Subsequent children £2.

Booking required – telephone (01652) 635172

Posted on:12th July 2021