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Richard Clarke


March 1958, At Home In Cheltenham


Grew Up In Cheltenham, Now Lives In Ealing, London.

Date of Interview

10th August 2021

“Just wanted to let you know I’ve listened to it all the way through and I’m happy with it. Occasional sound glitches my end but seems ok.”

Richard Clarke (17th August 2021)

I have known Richard Clarke for the best part of 40 years. Considering that he was a biochemist working with one of our top universities and a senior investigator for the Inland Revenue, when ‘off duty’ we have had some crazy times together.
Richard truly came from humble beginnings – he admits his parents had very little money but did everything they could to ensure their boys received a good education.
Unbelievably, Richard was best man at his wife’s wedding! You’ll have to listen to find out why. 
He tackled the epic Wainwright Challenge in the Lake District – a task he completed over a few years.
Technology dictated that we had to try three times to complete this interview but in the end we made it. Richard is a nice chap and this interview was a pleasure to record. 

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

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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.
Health – Spinal Injection
Hill Walking – Wainwrights Challenge, Lake District
Working Life – Biochemist – Animal Testing
Inland Revenue
Early Life – Irish Parents – Cheltenham
Parents – Eric (Builder & Quarryman) – Ellen (Cleaner & Carer)
Brothers – Gerald, Business Man (Deceased) & Denis, School Teacher
Married Life – Sarah
Education – School In Cheltenham Then Bradford University
Childhood Holidays – One holiday To The South Coast
Childhood Christmases
Marriage & Honeymoon – Best Man Carlo Harrison
Children – Michael (Civil Servant) – Georgina (Civil Servant) – Natalie (Sales)
Working Life – Scientist – Inland Revenue Investigator
Crossword Compiler
Global Warming
Music – Films – Stream Or buy – Phones – Mobile Or Landline
Message To The Future


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