In April we launched the new Barton Hidden History app which allows visitors to explore heritage sites around the town and discover more about each location using the app. The launch was a huge success and we are excited about the upcoming heritage open days in Barton next month!

The heritage open days will be held from the 7th of September to the 10th, visitors will have the chance to go on guided tours using the Hidden History app, as well as taking part in other interesting activities.

Jo Marwood from the Barton-upon-Humber Tourism team demonstrating the Hidden History app to visitors.

The 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.

The launch day in April saw a lot of visitors enjoy a fun packed day full of exciting activities to take part in! Jamie ‘the gardener’ and Sian ‘the matron’ dressed up as characters throughout the whole day and gave an insight to their character’s lives from the past. Lots of children got to experience what it would have felt like to study at the Wilderpin National School which was set up by Samuel Wilderspin. Some children even got to play in the old style playground!

The Hidden History Heritage Days in September will allow visitors who couldn’t attend the launch day in April, to be able to experience and explore the hidden gems around the town. There may even be characters dressed up again who may retell their stories to everyone! The guided walk will also include a tour around The Ropewalk where Hall’s Ropery is based, visitors will be able to see how to produce rope and also learn about the long history behind it. The walks are a great opportunity to learn about things which you wouldn’t come across everyday!

Jo Marwood explains how the Barton Hidden History app works!

More information about the Barton Heritage Open Days are available from the Barton-upon-Humber Tourism website. It will be a very popular event as more than 1,600 people turned up to last year’s open day, so don’t miss out on a chance to take part in exploring Barton!

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.