I am very pleased to say that the West Yorkshire Archive service have accepted the Back-Chat Collection interviews into their permanent archives thus ensuring their accessibility to the public for many generations to come.

You can hear this interview by simply clicking the West Yorkshire Archive Link where you will find all of the Back-Chat Collection interviews listed in alphabetical order along with captioned photographs.

If you would like to contact The Back-Chat Collection please do email me at carloharrison1947@gmail.com.

To listen to the interviews which are now hosted on the
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Joan Peel


January 1931, Horsforth.


Grew up in Horsforth now lives in Yeadon

Date of Interview

23rd July 2019

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Joan Peel (telephone conversation 2nd February 2021)

When I first interviewed Joan Peel in 2019 I found a bright articulate 88-year old with a great sense of humour. When we caught up on the phone two years later she hadn’t changed a bit.

Born in 1931 Joan has interesting stories of her school days during WW2 and teenage years just after the war. She left school and started work at 14 and it was as hard as you would imagine – being at school one minute and the next being a young tailor with the highest of standards of work expected of you.

Joan has a lovely sense of humour – when I asked her if it was love at first sight when she met her husband Owen at a dance her answer was: “It was for him”.

A very easy chat to listen to.

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

Sound Engineer David Myers

HTML5 Audio Player

You can listen to the entire recording by clicking the start arrow or, you can move the slider to one of times shown for the headings opposite, they are a guide to the many things we chatted about.
Parents – Tailors
Teenage Years 1946
Owen Peel (Husband)
Smoking & Drinking
Owen – Passing
St Andrews Church, Yeadon
Family Life – Owen
Horsforth Featherbank School
Working Life – Tailoring / Factory
School Days in WW2
Crompton Parkinson’s
Hilton Grange Children’s Home
Health (at 88) 
Brexit & Boris Johnson


Please take into consideration when listening to these interviews that the meaning of language changes over time and that interviewees have not intended to cause offence by anything said which now may be thought to be unacceptable.

Recording this social history, chatting to different people about a whole host of subjects has been a real pleasure, such an interesting and I think worthwhile project for people to listen to both now and in years to come.

Thank you for visiting this website.

Carlo Harrison