17th April

Catalyst is seeking memories of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing!

One Small Step, One Giant Celebration: Catalyst Museum Search for Local People’s Memories of Moon Landing for New Exhibition

On July 20th 1969 the Apollo 11 space mission landed the first human beings on the moon. This event is one of the most talked-about moments in history and considered as one of the greatest achievements of mankind.

To celebrate this significant moment in history Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum is developing a new community-led exhibition that aims to showcase local people’s memories and experiences of the 1969 moon landings.

Jade French, Community Engagement Coordinator and curator of the exhibition says:

“We want to capture what this epic journey to the moon meant for local people in Halton and how it was celebrated at the time, through exhibiting any items that local people collected as well as commissioning a short film of local people’s memories of that historic day.

Where were you when they landed on the moon? Did your work, local business, family or school do something special to celebrate? How did it make you feel? To me, what was so special about the 1969 moon landings was not just that it was an incredible scientific and technological achievement, but how it brought people together across the world.

People have been in touch with some amazing stories and collectables, but I’m sure there’s much more out there. Whether you have a scrapbook, old toys, family photographs, newspapers or unforgettable memories to include in the film about this iconic day, we want to hear from you.”

To get involved contact Jade French directly by 22nd of June 2019 by email jade@catalyst.org.uk or by telephone 0151 420 1121.

The exhibition will be launched on Saturday 20th July 2019 at a public event ‘One Small Step, One Giant Celebration’. This event features a programme of activities such as ‘code-a-drone’ with Mako Digital, real moon rocks and meteorites, planetarium experience, hands-on activities, a community-led exhibition and an opportunity to meet trainee astronaut Dr Jackie Bell, star of the BBC programme ‘Astronauts : Do you have what it takes?’ Halton Borough Council are also providing a fun fair outside too!

Tickets are free but booking is essential. They will be released on the website from 29th April 2019.

About Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre is the only museum in the UK which explores the science and technology behind the chemical industry and its impact on our lives past and present through a host of hands-on exhibits, activities and demonstrations. Catalyst is an independent charitable trust operated by Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum Trust Limited.

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Twitter: @CatalystSDC


This project has been funded by Wellcome Trust and BEIS ‘Inspiring Science Fund’. The Inspiring Science Fund scheme, which is co-funded by BEIS and Wellcome, supports science centres across the UK. It is a capital fund that helps centres rethink what they do and what they offer to the public.


For more information contact Meryl Jameson, Marketing Manager at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 0DF. Telephone 0151 420 1121

Photo credit : NASA