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, but that proved impossible due to lockdown. We are planning to hold an online event later in the year.
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 here’s a list of the winners. BBC Radio 4 has again joined with the Charles Parker Trust to offer a broadcast slot on the network to each winner – the five broadcasts will take place in the week 10-14 August, and a programme about the winners and other finalists will go out on Radio 4 Extra at 11am on Sunday 16th.
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.
– Membership subscription form
– Subscribe or donate online