The Charles Parker Archive is housed in the Library of Birmingham’s Archives, Heritage and Photography section, but the online Discovery catalogue 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.
Ways you can find out more or get involved:
Come along to the annual Charles Parker Day, the annual conference celebrating the radio feature – past, present and future. The 2020 conference will take place at Birmingham City University on Friday 3 April. This year’s speakers include people who worked with Charles – Dilip Hiro, Doc Rowe and Dave Rogers – and producers, podcasters and programme makers influenced by his work – including Steven Rajam and Sian Medford – along with Tony Macaluso from the Studs Terkel Archive and BBC Radio 4 Commissioning Executive Kirsten Lass. Click here to book your place.
If you’re a radio student, consider entering for the Charles Parker Prize for Student Radio Features. BBC Radio 4 is again joining with the Charles Parker Awards to offer a broadcast slot on the network to each of the five entrants adjudged to have most successfully used the radio feature medium. The closing date is Monday 24 February and the results will be announced at the Charles Parker Day on Friday 3 April.
Join the Friends of the Charles Parker Archive which supports the Trust’s activities. There is a Facebook group for online contact, or you could meet other Friends at their Annual General Meeting at the Library of Birmingham – next year’s will be held at 3:30pm on Thursday 21 May 2020. Minutes of all Annual Meetings and Reports can be found on the AGM Reports page.
– Membership subscription form
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