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 most recent was held on Friday 23 March 2018 at the British Library in London, and the next will be in Bournemouth on Friday 5 April 2019, the centenary of Charles Parker’s birth.
If you’re a radio student, consider entering for the Charles Parker Prize for Student Radio Features. There will be a special Centenary Award in 2019 and entries are now open for the 2019 Centenary Prize – full details here.
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 – the last one was held on Thursday 17 May 2018 .
– Membership subscription form
– Subscribe or donate online