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.

There are also web pages describing the Charles Parker Archive at the Library of Birmingham and as part of its 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.

Ways you can find out more or get involved:

Follow us on Twitter or look at the latest news announcement.  Read the Trust’s Actuality magazine, the latest Annual Report, or previous reports.

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, but regretfully we decided to postpone the Day, based on government advice with regards to COVID-19.  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 annual Charles Parker Prize for Student Radio Features.  The winners of this award are normally announced at the Charles Parker Day, but this was not possible in 2020.  However, a shortlist of nominees was published on Friday 3 April and the winners have now been announced.  BBC Radio 4 is again joining with the Charles Parker Awards to offer a broadcast slot on the network to each of the five winners.

Join the Friends of the Charles Parker Archive which supports the Trust’s activities.  There is a Facebook group for online contact, or in the past it was possible to meet other Friends at their Annual General Meeting at the Library of Birmingham.  This was due to be held on Thursday 21 May 2020, but that is not now possible due to government advice.  Minutes of all Annual Meetings and Reports can be found on the AGM Reports page.
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