Every word counts

What is live subtitling?

Live subtitling, also known as speech-to-text transcription (STT), gives deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people access to talks and lectures in museums and galleries, conferences, literary festivals, post-show discussions in the theatre, and in a wide range of other settings.


A speech-to-text reporter (STTR) transcribes every word a speaker says using a special, shorthand keyboard designed to let them 'type' phonetically (how words sound rather than how they are spelt). The sounds are then converted back into English text by a computer software program, enabling the STTR to keep up with the speed of spoken English.
 

‘Live subtitles are a superb initiative. They lend themselves to so many audiences – amongst them deaf and partially hearing audiences, and young as well as older visitors. So far the feedback has been unequivocably positive.’ 
Jane Samuels, Access and Equality Manager, British Museum


 

The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council