A Microphone For The People - The Charles Parker Archive

Tomorrow, BIRMINGHAM hosts a major conference about Charles Parker at the Central Library, home to his arcHIVe.

In the Radio Ballads, Parker brought the MICROPHONE to people whose voices had not been heard before, but Sean Street discovers that this vast collection of tapes, scripts and papers reveals much more about the democratic impulse of this pioneering radio producer, oral historian and political activist.

He talks to Gillian Reynolds about the continuing influence of Parker's work, Paul Long about his legacy to social history, Dave Rogers of Banner Theatre which Parker helped set up 30 years ago and to arcHIVist Sian Roberts, about the project to digitise the collection.