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Charles Parker Day 2019 announcement

100 years ago, on 5th April 1919, one of Radio’s greatest innovators and pioneers was born in Bournemouth. His name was Charles Parker. A century on and Charles Parker is celebrated not only for his work but also for his …
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Announcing the Centenary Charles Parker Prize 2019

Charles Parker was born on 5 April 1919 and so we will celebrate his centenary in 2019.   In honour of this centenary, BBC Radio 4 is joining with the Charles Parker Trust to offer special prizes to students who enter …
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The third Roy Palmer Lecture, in Newcastle on 20 October 2018

On 20 October the Traditional Song Forum will be meeting in Newcastle as guests of The University of Newcastle. There is a full programme of activities for the weekend, a highlight of which will be the third Roy Palmer Lecture, …
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Documentary on Irish Travellers living in England

‘Rambling Candyman’ will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on Saturday 29 July at 10pm, and Sunday 30 July at 8am, then available online. The documentary celebrates the work of two important song collectors who deserve to be much better known. Jim Carroll …
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Charles Parker Prizewinners on BBC R4x on Saturday 28 July

The 2018 Charles Parker Prizewinners will be featured in a special radio programme on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 8am on Saturday 28 July. In the programme Charles’s daughter Sara Parker, herself an award-winning radio producer, meets the 2018 prize-winners …
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More images from the 2018 Charles Parker Day

The 2018 Charles Parker Day was captured in images by Michael Stevens of Pharos Photography, and he has kindly allowed us to make them public.  This image shows Simon Elmes interviewing Helen Lloyd and Matthew Linfoot about West Midlands contributions …
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Start the Week with Damian le Bas

Damian le Bas, who wrote and presented the documentary ‘Searching for the Travelling People’, was a guest on Start the Week this morning along with Arundhati Roy – the programme is on the BBC website.  This coincides with the publication of …
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Gillian Reynolds on Desert Island Discs

The Trust is pleased to announce that our former Chair, Gillian Reynolds, is the guest on Desert Island Discs this week – yesterday morning, repeated on Friday 8 June and available any time on the BBC Website. She is an …
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Second edition of Actuality now available online

The second edition of our Actuality magazine was launched on the 2018 Charles Parker Day at the British Library in London, and at the AGM of the Friends of the Charles Parker Archive on 17 May.  Click here to read …
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Notice of 2018 AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Friends of the Charles Parker Archive will be held at 3:30pm on Thursday 17 May 2018 in The Library of Birmingham Heritage Learning Room on the 4th Floor.  It will include a showing of the film “Searching for …
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