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:
Have a look at the Trust’s latest Annual Report
Come along to the annual Charles Parker Day - the last one was on Friday 4 April 2014 at the Library of Birmingham and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Radio Ballad “The Travelling People” - see brief report of the day
If you’re a radio student, consider entering for the Charles Parker Prize for Student Radio Features
Read an article on the “Birmingham Ballads”
Part 1 – Brian Vaughton, writer and compiler