Stagetext is a UK charity which provides live subtitling services for talks and tours in museums, galleries and other cultural venues. The speakers’ words are displayed openly on screens for talks and lectures, or appear on handheld tablets for tours. We can also subtitle digital content, including online trailers and films, recorded events and live streams.
A speech-to-text reporter (STTR) transcribes every word a speaker says using a special electronic shorthand keyboard which allows them to type phonetically (how words sound rather than how they are spelt). The words are then immediately converted back into English text by a computer software program, enabling the STTR to keep up with the speed of spoken English.
Who are live subtitles for?
There are an estimated 11 million people in the UK that are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing – that’s 1 in 6 of us, and it’s set to increase to over 15 million by 2035. For many people who lose their hearing later in life, learning BSL can be a challenge and even though some venues provide loop systems, these are not always suitable for everyone. Text based access, through live subtitling can be used by so many people, deepening their experience of arts and culture.
Why choose Stagetext?
Venues where we work
Stagetext provides live subtitling for talks and tours in venues and for festivals such as: Royal Academy of Arts, British Museum, Canal and River Trust, Hunterian Museum, JW3, Museum of London, The Royal Collection, The Wallace Collection, Wellcome Collection, and the Women of the World, Being a Man, Unlimited and Liberty Festivals. Literary events include: Jewish Book Week, the London Literature Festival, Manchester Literature Festival and Wigtown Book Festival.
For more information, please contact:
Richard France, Talks Programme Manager (Maternity Cover) – [email protected] or Tel: 020 8629 1330 (via a Sign Video operator)
Oliver Webster, Digital Manager – [email protected] or Tel: 020 7377 0540
Image Gallery Credits:
1 and 2 Benedict Johnson Photography
3 The Royal Society
4, 5, 9 and 10 Wellcome Trust
6, 7 and 8 Anthony Brown
Live subtitles are a superb initiative. They lend themselves to so many audiences – amongst them deaf and partially hearing people, and young as well as older visitors. The feedback has been unequivocably positive.
We hadn’t really thought about the part of the audience who might not necessarily declare themselves as hard of hearing – who might need that little ‘boost’ from the text every now and again – and how this could be a comfortable way for them to enjoy the event without being concerned about what they might be missing.
Subtitled talks reduce the stress of trying to lipread. They are brilliant! After a long time of being excluded from the hearing world at such events, that is now history.
Having lost my hearing fairly recently, this tour was the most accessible I’ve been on so far. I liked the fact that I could glance at the exhibition while reading the hand-held device. I didn’t have to rely on my wife to explain what the guide had said afterwards.
Access means that more and more people are able to come. It makes total sense for us to put all our energy into improving access.