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 annual Charles Parker Day – this year it will be on Friday 18 March 2016 at the Bower Ashton Campus of the University of the West of England in Bristol.
If you’re a radio student, consider entering for the Charles Parker Prize for Student Radio Features – the deadline in 2016 is Sunday 28 February and the results will be announced at the Charles Parker Day on 18 March.
Come along to the AGM of the Friends of the Charles Parker Archive – the next one will be held on Thursday 20 October 2016 at the Library of Birmingham