A Heritage Lottery funded project of the Charles Parker Archive Trust in partnership with Birmingham City Archives
The aim was to digitise original sound recordings made by Charles Parker on reel to reel tape, 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.
1200 of the tapes were digitised onto CD and catalogued during the project. The original tapes are preserved in a separate store while all documentation relating to them is kept with the listening copy of the CD. Master copies are also stored at the Library of Birmingham.
The project was launched at the Annual General Meeting 2004.
Here are some photographs of that event, contributed by Doc Rowe.