Have a go at transcribing

Below are some documents you can use to practise your transcribing skills.

Top tips

  • Simply type what you see, using the same spelling and punctuation as in the image (but miss out full stops in names and places).
  • Expand any abbreviations and type ‘&’ as and.
  • When transcribing letters, use a new line to separate the main text from the address, date and any sender or recipient details, also at the start of a new paragraph.
  • If you’re not sure of a word or it’s unreadable, simply put […] or check it against the full transcription provided.
  • If there are diagrams, sketches or illustrations, identify them using square brackets, for example [sketch], and add a note to describe them, also in square brackets, at the end of the transcript.
  • Ignore any page numbers, other reference numbers and crossed out text (strikethrough).

To learn about further tips and conventions for transcribing, download the Kresen Kernow Guide to Transcribing.

Click one of the images below to have a go at transcribing. You can check your answers as you go. Good luck!