A Future for Ordinary Folk

A Heritage Lottery funded project of the Charles Parker Archive Trust in partnership with Birmingham City Archives

The aim of this project was to digitise original sound recordings which exist on reel to reel tape, made by the radio producer Charles Parker (1919-1980), and to store the recordings on CD-ROM. This would enable their preservation and, with the addition of a catalogue of the contents, make them accessible to users. The recordings, chosen from Charles Parker’s substantial archive, concerned the oral tradition, vernacular speech, folk song and music, the folk revival and popular culture.

The project was launched at the Annual General Meeting 2004.
Here are some photographs of that event, contributed by Doc Rowe.

Project description (this can also be downloaded as a Word file

Administrative History
Custodial History

Scope and Content

Access and Use
Allied Material

Material available elsewhere


Archivists’ note

Table of contents (this can also be downloaded as a Word file)

All this material is now catalogued on the British Library Discovery website (previously known as Access to Archives or A2A) and links to that site are included in the table of contents.

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