Samuel Wilderspin professor of babyism Book by Shan Hewson

Samuel Wilderspin Book

A new publication “Samuel Wilderspin – Professor of Babyism” is available to buy from the Shop or by post.

Using new material from the University of London archives, the book tells the life story of Samuel Wilderspin and his life’s work setting up infant schools across Britain, culminating in Barton where he was finally able to establish a purpose-designed model school – something he had yearned for at the start of his career.
This is a personal perspective of the educational pioneer by one of our volunteers, herself a former infant teacher, whose close involvement with the Museum and discovery of Wilderspin’s contribution to British education moved her to research and write about his achievements and the toll on his personal life.

Research for the book was possible thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the All Our Stories scheme.


Guide Book

Guide Book

Our new Visitor’s Guidebook will help you get the most from your visit.
Use it to tour the Museum and find out more about each room and the School’s unique connection with Samuel Wilderspin.

We have been able to publish the Guidebook thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of “All Our Stories”.





Our museum leaflet is available for you to download in pdf format by clicking on the image on your left. It gives you a brief guide to the museum and our facilities which you can save or print as required.