The Radio Doctor spotted at Tenby Museum!

Posted by Tenby Museum on Apr 7, 2016 Blog No Comments

Yesterday eagle-eyed trustee and volunteer John Ross spotted a familiar face from broadcasting history on the 10 minute video presentation in The Story of Tenby gallery.  Whilst doing his volunteer rounds of the museum, John came down the stairs saying, “Hey, I have just seen the Radio Doctor on that film upstairs.”  Being of a tender age I did not know who the Radio Doctor was but a quick google established his identity and proved that John was not mistaken.  In the section of home movie from the late 1940s that is edited into the museum’s video presentation, at the 8.43 mark, stands amongst a group of men Mr Charles Hill, Baron Hill of Luton, known during WWII as “The Radio Doctor”.

During the war the Ministry of Health wanted the BBC to run health messages into ordinary programmes rather than have dedicated programmes from the Ministry of Food.  However the BBC felt this would not be effective and so Hill’s role as the Radio Doctor became part of the Ministry of Food’s programme, “Kitchen Front” every morning from 1942.  It is said that he more often than not ended his broadcasts with the advice “Make sure the bowels are well open!”

It is not known what he was doing on the North Beach in Tenby in the late 1940s.  If anyone has any knowledge of this, we would love to know more.  And it just goes to show, you never know what you might discover (or uncover!) on a visit to Tenby Museum and Art Gallery!

The Radio Doctor (with stick) in our video presentation

The Radio Doctor (with stick) in our video presentation

The Radio Doctor in our video presentation (detail)

The Radio Doctor in our video presentation (detail)

Charles Hill, The Radio Doctor (BBC archive)

Charles Hill, The Radio Doctor (BBC archive)