8th March

Catalyst celebrates International Women’s Day

Catalyst Women

Inspirational women in science and the chemical industry are celebrated at Catalyst in a new exhibition ‘Catalyst Women’ opening on 8th March, which is International Women’s Day.  Appealing to all ages, Catalyst Women includes the Lego Research Institute set of three female scientists, a chemist, palaeontologist and astronomer.  The exhibition also features art work by Dr Nicola Davies, depicting famous scientists including Marie Curie the first woman to win a Nobel Chemistry prize.

Claire Teague, Heritage and Interpretation Officer at Catalyst said, “The North West has a rich industrial history with firms like ICI, Brunner Mond and Widnes Foundry employing women in many different jobs.  Catalyst archives have a wealth of local workers records and photographs so we are delighted to share some fascinating stories about local women.

The exhibition includes ICI workers, laboratory staff, Rose the welder at Widnes Foundry and an amazing selection of photos of women labouring during the First World War making barrels, loading boats, making munitions and shovelling bicarbonate among other things.  Even our Archivist Judith’s grandmother features, as she was a Soda Ash Packer for ICI at Lostock Works, shifting enormous sacks of ash.”

Working on a National Lottery Heritage Funded project, Claire has introduced new heritage activities at Catalyst during school holidays where you can dress like a Victorian captain of industry and work in Gossage’s Soap Shop, as well as improving and updating heritage interpretation around the building.  Catalyst has exciting times ahead with both the heritage funding and new Inspiring Science Funding which will see refurbished galleries and cafe plus a Changing Places toilet for visitors.

If you would like to share memories of women working in the chemical industry or for a local firm please get in touch with Claire by email claire@catalyst.org.uk  The exhibition runs until 12th May.

Notes for Editors

Catalyst is an independent charitable trust operated by Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum Trust Limited.

For more information contact Meryl Jameson, Marketing Manager at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Telephone 0151 420 1121