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. 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:
Come along to the annual Charles Parker Day on Friday 18 March 2016 in Bristol. The 2015 Day took place at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts.
If you’re a radio student, consider entering for the Charles Parker Prize for Student Radio Features
Come along to the AGM of the Friends of the Charles Parker Archive – the next one will be held on Thursday 20 October 2016 at the Library of Birmingham
Read an article on the “Birmingham Ballads”
Part 1 – Brian Vaughton, writer and compiler