Digitisation of the Charles Parker Archive
1200 of the tapes have been digitised onto CD and catalogued under this Heritage Lottery Project. The original tapes will be preserved in a separate store while all documentation relating to them is kept with the listening copy of the CD. There will also be a listening copies at the British Library National Sound Archive.
On 12 June 2004 the Charles Parker Archive Trust hosted a celebration to mark the opening of the newly digitised section of the Archive. This featured excerpts from the digitised material and live contributions from the archivists, the Trustees and special guest Sandra Kerr. In the words of our Chairman Gillian Reynolds, voices from the past joined voices of the present in rousing song and vivid story. The catalogue can be consulted electronically on the website 'www.a2a.org.uk'
Connecting Histories, a pioneering archives and education initiative, embraces two thirds of the Charles Parker Archive collection. This project aligns our material with significant other collections and will train archivists to make all of them truly community assets both now and for future generations.
Connecting Histories received Heritage Lottery funding later in 2004 and was launched in February 2005. The Charles Parker Archive was a partner in this project. The date for completion was 2007, the same year as our Trust marked its own 25th anniversary. All recordings in the Charles Parker Archive have now been digitised and catalogued and are available to be listened to in the searchroom at Birmingham Archives & Heritage on 6th floor of the Central Library. The catalogue will be available electronically some time in 2009, but at present can be consulted in the searchroom.
Birmingham Archives and Heritage Service