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 Birmingham City Council 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.

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:

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Have a look at the Trust’s latest Annual Report

Come along to the next Charles Parker Day on Friday 4 April 2014 at the new Library of Birmingham - click here to buy advance tickets

Come along to a folk concert with Peggy Seeger and Jez Lowe on Friday 4 April at the CBSO Centre – click here to buy advance tickets

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 most recent one was on Thursday 17 October 2013 at the new Library of Birmingham

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Read an article on the “Birmingham Ballads”
Part 1 – Brian Vaughton, writer and compiler

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