The Barton Upon Humber Hidden History app takes users around the picturesque town, taking in Anglo- Saxon buildings, the birth place of Chad Varah (founder of the Samaritans) and the industries of the past at The Ropery, Cycleworks and Tile Yard. Hidden History Barton was funded and supported by Arts Council England, North Lincolnshire Council, The Ropewalk and Wilderspin National School.

Last weekend was the long awaited launch of the Hidden History App, and the people of Barton gathered for a fun packed day, with lots of visitors coming and exploring the hidden histories of Barton Upon Humber. The plan for the day was to use the app to complete the two hour walk that would take users around the beautiful hidden treasures around Barton Upon-Humber. The first stop was the Wilderspin School, this was a great experience for the children who came along because they got a taste of what school life was like in the past, even if it was the weekend!

The highlight of the day for our team was meeting the cheerful characters, ‘Jamie, the local gardener’ and ‘Sian who looks after the children at the orphanage’. Both Jamie and Sian stayed in character for the whole walk which was amusing to watch at times, even when children were running up to them tugging on their costumes!

The walk ended at The Ropewalk where Hall’s Ropery is based, inside we were shown how to produce rope, and the history of rope, which not something you can say you learn everyday! It was a great launch for the Hidden History app, and was a great day out for the local community!

Here is the trailer for the Hidden History app …

Hidden History Barton Trailer from Blueprint Film on Vimeo.


If you would like to learn more about Hidden History and how to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or give us a call on 020 33 711060

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