Catalogue description PCL Lectures (Polytechnic of Central London)

This record is held by Birmingham: Archives, Heritage and Photography Service

Details of MS 4000/5/2/6
Reference: MS 4000/5/2/6
Title: PCL Lectures (Polytechnic of Central London)

The tapes are arranged as follows:


MS 4000/5/2/6/1 'Behind The Walls' exercise 1971


documentary. CLOSED to the public


MS 4000/5/2/6/2 Actuality inserts for PCL lecture Nov 1973


'Oral Tradition'


MS 4000/5/2/6/3 PCL 'Exercise Tapes. News and Jan 1975


Current Affairs'


MS 4000/5/2/6/4-8 Lecture for PCL on language and Jan 1975


the mass media. Almost complete


transcriptions of lecture


MS 4000/5/2/6/9-14 Lecture and actuality inserts for Feb-Mar 1976


PCL course on 'Oral Tradition'.


Tapes 9, 10, 11, 14 are CLOSED to the public


MS 4000/5/2/6/15-17 Lecture and actuality inserts for Mar-Apr 1976


PCL course on 'Oral Tradition'


with focus on radio ballad 'The


Fight Game'. Partly transcribed


MS 4000/5/2/6/18 'History of Radio Inserts' [for Nov 1977


lecture at] PCL


MS 4000/5/2/6/19-21 Lecture and actuality inserts for Sep-Oct 1978


PCL lecture 'Authenticity of




MS 4000/5/2/6/22 [Radio programme] on George Oct 1978


Walker and his company 'Brent




MS 4000/5/2/6/23 Extract [radio programme] on nd


Section 41 income tax legislation

Held by: Birmingham: Archives, Heritage and Photography Service, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Administrative / biographical background:

Charles Parker worked as a visiting lecturer at the Polytechnic of Central London (PCL) in the School of Media Studies and Communication between 1973-1980. Anthony Schooling, friend and colleague of Charles Parker at PCL intended to publish Parker's lectures, but Schooling died before this was accomplished. Draft typescripts of Schooling's book edited from Parker's lectures 'Only Listen: Radio as an Art and the Oral Tradition' can be seen at Birmingham City Archives (MS 1905).


Charles Parker's lecturing work is of enormous significance and national importance. Charles Parker used 'actuality' recordings (voices and songs of ordinary people) to illustrate his belief that vernacular speech is the key to communication and that people, and particularly those in education, needed to learn from this in order to communicate effectively in the future. Another central theme of his lecturing was his belief that capitalist industrial society was in danger of losing touch with its historical and social traditions which are essential for establishing and maintaining a social identity.


This series of recordings mainly comprise both the text of the lectures and actuality used rather than just the actuality as in many of the other recordings of lectures. Where transcriptions of the tapes are available this has been included in the catalogue description

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