Dialogue Sensory Experience Day Trips London
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer on a school trip
The concept of Dialogue Experience is simple: visitors are led by guides through dark rooms in which scent, sound, wind, temperature, and texture convey the characteristics of daily urban environments – for example a park, a bus stop or an open market. These daily routines become new experiences. A role reversal is created: people who can see are taken out of their familiar environment, and guides provide security and a sense of orientation. The tour itself lasts for about forty minutes but the effects can last a lifetime. This exhibition was inspired by Martín Buber’s philosophy, “the only way to learn is through encounter”.
The concept has proven quite effective. Over the last 30 years, similar exhibitions have been presented in more than 45 countries throughout the world with more than 10 million visitors worldwide. Dialogue Experience brings together people of all visual abilities at every level of our operation. Together, we are committed to creating a more inclusive world for all.
Students will engage in critical thinking experiences about the senses and the diversity of human experience. They will learn what “disability” means and how societal context contributes to how “disabled” an individual may feel. They will have the rare chance to experience the limitations and possibilities of experiencing life without sight and reflect on that experience in order to empathise and innovate. Students participating in our special workshops will go deeper into sensory awakening, diversity and inclusion, or social innovation.
At the end of the tour, students will have time to ask their guide questions. This is one of the most enriching parts of the experience. Our guides are open and excited to share their experiences with you.
The school programme creates partnerships with schools that frequently bring groups of students to Dialogue Hub as part of their curriculum. It includes tours led by our blind or partially sighted staff and tailored lessons taught in the unique darkened exhibition space and Sign Language. We believe this age group will champion change through initiatives born out of school groups, extending impact even further.
Students will be in the darkness for about 30 minutes with their guide. Both before and after the exhibition, our team will engage students in activities and discussions to deepen their experience, answer any questions they have, and stimulate critical thinking about their senses and social inclusion.
Adjoining the Experience is Dialogue Cafe in which hearing impaired baristas serve coffee using BSL and a BSL workshop with our hearing impaired baristas is also given as part of the day trip.