Dame Jennifer Jenkins on Brownsea Island
4 Extra Debut. Former chair of the National Trust, Dame Jennifer Jenkins takes a short voyage to explore Brownsea Island in Dorset. From April 1989.
Former Chair of the National Trust, Dame Jennifer Jenkins takes a short voyage to explore Brownsea Island in Dorset - to find it 'full of noises, sounds and sweet airs'.
Meeting residents, Dame Jennifer learns about local activities and the history of the Scouts and Girl Guide movement which began here.
Down Your Way was one of the BBC's longest-running radio series - starting on the BBC Home Service in 1946 and ending its run on BBC Radio 4 in 1992. Using a variety of hosts, including Richard Dimbleby and Brian Johnston, the programme toured villages, towns and cities across the UK. At the height of its success in the 1950s, the series was attracting 10 million listeners a week.
Dame Jennifer Jenkins died aged 96 in 2017.
Producer: Jill Marshall
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989.