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 next one will be held on Friday 23 March 2018 at the British Library in London – tickets are available from the British Library or by phoning 01937 546546. More information here, or on our Facebook page, which now features a copy of the programme.
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.
If you’re a radio student, consider entering for the Charles Parker Prize for Student Radio Features. The closing date for 2018 was Monday 26 February, and the results will be announced at the Charles Parker Day on 23 March.