The Charles Parker Archive is housed in the Library of Birmingham’s Archives, Heritage and Photography section, but the online Discovery catalogue 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.
Ways you can find out more or get involved:
Come along to the annual Charles Parker Day, the annual conference celebrating the radio feature – past, present and future. The 2020 conference was due to take place at Birmingham City University on Friday 3 April. With regret we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Day, based on government advice with regards to COVID-19. If you have already purchased your ticket your payment will be refunded by Eventbrite. We very much hope to be able to reschedule for Autumn of this year and are working towards a securing a new date as soon as possible.
If you’re a radio student, consider entering for the Charles Parker Prize for Student Radio Features. Entries for 2020 have closed, and the results will be announced on Friday 3 April despite the postponement of the Charles Parker Day. BBC Radio 4 is again joining with the Charles Parker Awards to offer a broadcast slot on the network to each of the five entrants adjudged to have most successfully used the radio feature medium.
Join the Friends of the Charles Parker Archive which supports the Trust’s activities. There is a Facebook group for online contact, or you could meet other Friends at their Annual General Meeting at the Library of Birmingham – next year’s will be held at 3:30pm on Thursday 21 May 2020. Minutes of all Annual Meetings and Reports can be found on the AGM Reports page.
– Membership subscription form
– Subscribe or donate online