The Charles Parker Archive is housed in the Library of Birmingham’s Archives, Heritage and Photography section, but the online catalogue Access to Archives (A2A) means that a list of its digitised sound recordings can be browsed from any computer.
One of Charles Parker’s most significant contributions was to recognise the enormous value of the kind of language that we ordinary folk take for granted in our everyday conversations. Click here for a two minute version of a 1962 lecture in which he spoke about the style and the origins of the Radio Ballads.
Other ways you can get involved:
Come along to the AGM of the Friends of the Charles Parker Archive at The Library of Birmingham. The 2017 meeting was held on Thursday 19 October – you can see the agenda here, and the unconfirmed minutes will be posted once available.
Come along to the annual Charles Parker Day, the annual conference celebrating the radio feature – past, present and future. The next one will be held on Friday 23 March 2018 at the British Library in London – keep in touch via the Facebook page
If you’re a radio student, consider entering for the Charles Parker Prize for Student Radio Features – the results are announced each year at the Charles Parker Day, and the winning features for 2017 will be broadcast on Radio 4 Extra on Saturday 10 June.