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.

You can also visit the pages of the Charles Parker Archive at the Library of Birmingham and the Connecting Histories collection

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:

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Have a look at the Trust’s latest Annual Report, or previous reports

Come along to the annual Charles Parker Day – the last one was on 18 March in Bristol and the next will be in Sheffield on Friday 7 April 2017.  If you’re a radio student, consider entering for the Charles Parker Prize for Student Radio Features – the results are announced at the Charles Parker Day.

Come along to the AGM of the Friends of the Charles Parker Archive – the next one will be held on Thursday 19 October 2017 at the Library of Birmingham.

Join the Friends of the Charles Parker Archive:
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