Molly Matheron


August 2006 at Princess Alexander Hospital, Harlow, Essex


Grew up and lives in Old Harlow.

Date of Interview

23rd July 2021

“Have just listened to Molly’s Back Chat it’s great, consent given.”

Joe Matheron (Father) 6th August 2021

I have been wanting to get a young person’s view on these strange times we are living in for a while so I was pleased when Molly agreed to be interviewed a few weeks before her 15th birthday. This interview is everything I had hoped for.
This self-assured young woman fills in a lot of blanks about what it’s like to be at school heading towards your GCSEs in a pandemic. She is frank about how young people viewed the coronavirus outbreak when it first reared its ugly head in the UK and their feelings now as vaccinations are being offered.
We talked about a wide range of subjects from Boris Johnson to university fees, Greta Thunberg to shopping on line.
I didn’t mention it in the interview but I am very proud to say that Molly is my granddaughter.

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.
Coronavirus – Effect On School Exams & Online Schooling00.50
Coronavirus – Young People11.10
School Bubbles – Wearing Masks – Testing13.55
Boris Johnson & Government22.05
Parents – Joe (Software) – Sarah (Pharmaceutical Marketing)25.25
Sisters – Beth (10) – Isabel (13)26.15
Sixth Form & University – Psychology27.05
Student Loan28.10
Old Harlow30.00
Bullying At School31.10
Social Media – Discord – TikTok – Instagram33.40
Holidays – France – Greece37.00
Interests – Gaming – PC’s41.30
Shopping – On Line46.35
Films & Music49.40
Donald Trump57.15
Greta Thunberg58.10
Message To The future59.25


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.

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Carlo Harrison