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.
Other ways you can get involved:
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 an Annual General Meeting in the Library of Birmingham. The last one was on Thursday 19 October 2017 – read the unconfirmed minutes here – and the next is planned for Thursday 17 May 2018.
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 – tickets are available from the British Library – and as the programme develops we will update our web pages accordingly. The Day also features as a Facebook event.
If you’re a radio student, consider entering for the Charles Parker Prize for Student Radio Features. Entries for 2018 are now open, and the closing date is Monday 26 February.