Talking Sense

Fully booked
  • SEND workshop
  • Schools
Photograph or two young school students discussing exhibits in and exhibition.
Students in the Medicine Man exhibition, Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection.

What you’ll do

Join us for a two-session workshop developed for SEND students, during which they’ll explore our amazing human senses. 

During the first session at your school, students will be introduced to Wellcome Collection and its founder, Henry Wellcome. They’ll learn about Henry’s passion for medical history and different cultures, and will use each of their senses to investigate fascinating objects and images. 

In the second session, at Wellcome Collection, students will become ‘scientists’ – exploring our ‘Being Human’ gallery to learn more about how our human senses work. Students will then either create a digital artwork or a painting based on their experiences. 

The first session lasts 60 minutes and will be delivered at a date and time to suit your group and its facilitator. We'll work with you to schedule a date one to two weeks before your booked visit.

The second session at Wellcome Collection lasts 90 minutes and can be booked on either of the dates shown below. We can change its length or start time to fit the needs of your group. 

Who can come

Our SEND sessions have been developed in consultation with schools to ensure they are challenging and adaptable. They can be enjoyed by a wide range of students with a variety of needs: from mild learning disabilities through to profound and multiple learning disabilities.

'Talking Sense' has been designed for groups of 5 to 12 students aged 14 to 25, plus accompanying staff. When you book, we’ll send you preparation materials to use with your group ahead of your visit. This workshop links to science and life skills curricula.

Due to the small scale of our free programme, schools in the Greater London area have priority until 12 December. From this date booking is open to schools outside Greater London.

About your facilitator

Photograph of Noel Hayden

Noel Hayden

Noel has 25 years’ experience in mainstream and special education. Having worked extensively with children and young people with SEND while at the Museum of London, he now works freelance and specialises in developing and delivering SEND workshops for museums, galleries and heritage sites across the UK.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Studio on level 1. When you enter Wellcome Collection, head up the stairs or take the lift, then follow the signs.

School booking conditions

Your school or college can book a maximum of two study days per term. To secure your booking, you'll need to complete and return the required forms promptly.

All study days and events are free, but we charge a fee for cancellation or significant changes to your group size made within three weeks of your visit. Both policies are explained fully in the agreement we ask you to sign ahead of your visit.

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