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Charles Parker and his archive

Charles Parker (1919-1980) was a BBC documentary radio producer, and a writer, singer, actor and founder member of the theatre company Banner Theatre. In 1954, he moved to Birmingham as a radio features producer, and was employed full-time by the BBC until 1972. He was passionate about the cultural importance of the oral tradition and folk song and devoted much of his life to activities through which he could demonstrate their significance and continued relevance.

Photograph of Charles Parker interviewing Mrs Costello taken by Bob Etheridge

About Charles Parker

Charles Parker (1919-1980) was a BBC documentary radio producer, and a writer, singer, actor and founder member of the theatre company Banner Theatre.
portrait of Charles Parker, programme for Grey Cock Folk Club and Eric Fraser illustration

The Charles Parker Archive

The Charles Parker Archive consists of tapes, production books, papers, correspondence and scripts for most ot the programmes Charles Parker produced and the organisations in which he was active.
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The Radio Ballads

Parker is most famous for the Radio Ballads, eight radio programmes he made with the folk singers and activists Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, which were broadcast on the BBC between 1958 and 1964.
Miners by Eric Fraser for The Radio Ballads

Supporting the Charles Parker Archive

Find out more about the Charles Parker Archive Trust and how to support the Charles Parker Archive.

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