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Celebrating Who I Am

  • Free
  • SEND workshop
  • Schools
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Wellcome Collection Youth Programme event. Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. © All rights reserved.

What you’ll do

‘Celebrating Who I Am’ is a sensory exploration for SEND students of the methods we use to communicate who we are – our preferences, our feelings and our personality. 

This is a two-part workshop that gives students the chance to develop their physical, social, cognitive and communication skills. 

For the first part, Wellcome Collection staff will visit students at school. Through sounds, actions and display, our facilitators will work with the group to think about what it means to be human. 

This session lasts 45–60 minutes, depending on your students’ requirements.

For the second part, students will visit our ‘Being Human’ exhibition to see how people communicate through artworks and exhibits. Using their own preferred communication methods, students will have the chance to produce their own creative response, celebrating who they are and what being human really means. 

Any time during the session that your students want to find a space away from the programme of activities, they can go to our Chill-Out Room. There will be low lighting, comfortable seating, cushions, mats, ear defenders, earplugs and sensory toys. 

This session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, with additional breaks, depending on your group’s needs. Groups are also welcome to have lunch in our youth studio.

Please contact the Youth Programme team to discuss session times, structures and a timetable that works best for you and your students.

Who can come

This event is suitable for SEND students aged 14+ following pre-formal, informal and semi-formal curriculum pathways. 

You can bring up to eight students.

All of our study days are free. Due to the small scale of our  programme, schools in the Greater London area have priority.

Supporting your students

This workshop is designed to be flexible and adaptable, according to the needs of your students. At the point of booking, we will discuss your requirements and adjust the study day accordingly. 

Start and end times are flexible, depending on how many breaks you would like to build in to the day and whether your group would like to stay for lunch. Specific timings can be agreed with the school upon booking.

If you would like to book, or have further questions about what we can do to support the learning of your students, please email youthprogrammes@wellcomecollection.org

Our access page also has more information on our accessibility services and facilities.

The March event is fully booked now, but more dates are available for May and June 2024.



Need to know

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.

For more information, please visit our Accessibility page. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 0 2 0. 7 6 1 1. 2 2 2 2

About your facilitators

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.

Black and white image of Katie Goldfinch

Katie Goldfinch


Katie is a disabled visual artist, solidarity worker and facilitator, with seven years’ experience working with disabled young people in educational and creative settings. Their personal practice revolves around amplifying disabled joy, and their work has been exhibited by Shape Arts and Photo London. Informed by their own lived experience and the social model of disability, Katie is passionate about creating playful and inclusive educational spaces for children and young people to celebrate a diversity of bodies and minds.