Scunthorpe Samaritans

Samaritans was founded in 1953 by Bartonian Chad Varah who described the service then as “just a man willing to listen, with a base and an emergency telephone'. The organisation now has more than 20,000 volunteers across some two hundred branches, answering a call for help every six seconds from people who are going through... Read more...

Barton Arts 2021

The annual Barton Arts Festival offers a professional programme of cultural activities and participatory events for local people, including Barton Open Gardens on Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 June.

AGM followed by Baysgarth Park Update

Baysgarth Park was gifted to the people of Barton by Mrs. Thomas Ramsden in 1930. North Lincolnshire Council took ownership in 1996. Thanks to the efforts of the local community, in partnership with the Council, the Park now has a Green Flag Award recognising it as one of the UK’s very best green spaces, beautifully... Read more...

Fakes and Forgeries: The Art World’s Biggest Headache

It is estimated that as much as sixty per cent of art on the current market is fake. Marilyn Roberts returns to take a light-hearted look at how some of the world’s leading auction houses, galleries and museums have been fooled by forgers working from home, such as the infamous Garden Shed Gang of Bolton.

Heritage Open Days

This heritage festival has become a major event in Barton’s calendar, drawing in many visitors from far and wide, as well as opening up hidden treasures and stories to residents. Expect a fun-filled programme which will be published in the autumn when and will have all the details.

The Teacher is Abroad in the Land

Samuel Wilderspin began his pioneering work spreading Infant Schools throughout the British Isles in 1820. To commemorate this bicentenary anniversary 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... Read more...

A Glimpse of Tudor Domestic Life in Barton

Neil Wilkyn analyses a probate inventory, a document compiled after an individual’s death listing all that they owed. This example gives 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? A chance to look through a window into a... Read more...

Ships Sail Right into the Heart of Hull

Joseph Wright Hall Queen Street, Barton upon Humber

Colin Cooper describes how the character of Hull has been shaped by its geography and history.  Hull was once the UK's third port and the world’s largest fishing port, the quays and docks, railways and industry dominated the townscape, while ocean-going vessels and trawlers sailed right into the heart of the city.  Please note this... Read more...

Recreational Management along the Humber Estuary

Joseph Wright Hall Queen Street, Barton upon Humber

The Humber Estuary is one of the most important estuaries in Europe for wildlife and is designated as a Special Area of Conservation.  Jackson Sage describes the wonders of this internationally important wetland site, and the work of the Humber Nature Partnership

Susanna Wesley – “Mother of Methodism”

Joseph Wright Hall Queen Street, Barton upon Humber

Susanna Wesley was the mother of John and Charles Wesley, the founders of the Methodist movement.  Catherine Fordham shares Susanna’s life story including her marriage to Samuel Wesley, her support of his work,  and providing a stable home and education for their children at the Epworth Rectory.

Soldiers in Petticoats: Fashion and the Suffragette Movement

Joseph Wright Hall Queen Street, Barton upon Humber

Madeleine Gray, Collections Assistant with North Lincolnshire Museums Service, explores the history of the suffragette movement, and how suffragettes used fashion to emphasise their cause.  Non-members £4.

The Horse, the Ambulance and the Wagoners’ Special Reserve

Joseph Wright Hall Queen Street, Barton upon Humber

Martin Watts, from the Wagoners’ Museum at Sledmere, describes the importance of horses for the army in the First World War, and the role of Wagoners’ Special Reserve’s veterinary hospitals and mobile veterinary units.  The talk includes a special screening of a short new film of the Museum’s own preserved ambulance.