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.
Here is the 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 – the next one will be on Friday 27 March at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts.
Have a look at the Trust’s latest Annual Report
Join the Friends of the Charles Parker Archive:
Read an article on the “Birmingham Ballads”
Part 1 – Brian Vaughton, writer and compiler