21 Apr 2021

Elsie Widdowson CH FRS was a pioneer nutrition scientist and dietitian who worked in Cambridge and lived in Barrington from 1938 until her death in 2000. Among many other things, she created the first UK food composition tables, tested wartime rations and shaped the modern loaf.

Her blue plaque, from Cambridge, Past, Present and Future, was financed by the Nutrition Society, the British Dietetic Association, the British Nutrition Foundation and the Royal Society.

It will be unveiled by Dr Margaret Ashwell OBE (Elsie’s friend, colleague and biographer) in two short ceremonies to take place in Barrington on 27 June 2021. The first ceremony will be in the Village Hall at 1pm and be repeated on the Village Green at 4pm. The event has been planned to coincide with Barrington Open Gardens which takes place between 2-5pm on that afternoon.

All are welcome to come to Barrington for the afternoon and to attend the 4pm ceremony. Special invitations to Elsie’s close friends and colleagues will be sent for the 1pm ceremony, because of the need to limit numbers in the Hall.