There were smiles all round at the Wallace Collection on Monday 21 March 2016, as the museum successfully live subtitled their first talk in-house, without the technical assistance of Stagetext. This was an enriching development for the venue, which already offers live subtitled tours for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors through the use of portable tablets.
After a successful funding bid, The Wallace Collection chose an arms and armour lecture on Charles V's Great Tournament Spectacle at Binche, 1549, as the first talk to subtitle in-house. The funding enabled the venue to receive training and guidance from Stagetext in order to set up their own in-house facilities, with the hope of programming 20-24 events with live subtitles over the next two years, as well as purchasing ten brand new tablets for their accessible tours.
Deepa Shastri, Stagetext’s Talks Programme Manager said: 'It’s fantastic that The Wallace Collection are now able to manage the technical set-up in-house for live subtitled events. This proves that any museum or cultural venue can provide live subtitling, even if they have limited resources. Stagetext can consult and guide all venues, from how much funding to apply for right through to managing the service in-house, thus making the whole process fool proof and exciting.'
The next live subtitled event coming up at The Wallace Collection is: Brief Encounter: An introduction to the Wallace Collection's pocket watches on Wed 27 Apr, 1pm.
More information can be found at www.wallacecollection.org. The Wallace Collection is generously supported by Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation.