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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Amanda Botterill


November 1961 at the Four Gables Maternity Home in Horsforth.


Always lived in Yeadon & Guiseley apart from 1 year in Ibiza.

Date of Interview

7th September 2020

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Amanda Botterill (1st July 2021)

Amanda Botterill gives an outstanding service to her community by running Memory Lane Café for people unfortunate enough to have Dementia or Alzheimer’s. The enterprise grew out of a need to care for her own mum who had Dementia and a realisation that help was needed for people suffering from these illnesses and for their carers. 
Amanda is a busy person who has had a successful working life. Yeadon Town Hall played an important role in her life from childhood as the home for her beloved amateur dramatics. 
This is an interesting and informative chat with useful information about two terrible diseases

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

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.
Memory Lane Café for people with Dementia – Alzheimer’s
Zoom Meetings for people with Dementia – Alzheimer’s
Sisters of Mercy, Nuns. Yeadon
Coronavirus & UK Government
Parents – Gerald Yeadon & Margaret Bradford
Springhead & Green Lane Mills
Early Life – Moving House
South View & Aireborough Grammar School
Working Life
Husband Bill Botterill – Children Amy & William
Working Life – Telex Operator – Nanny – Cosmetics – Solar Panels – Biomass
Amateur Dramatics


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