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Friends of Catalyst

A friends organisation was formed in 1987 to support Catalyst and now has more than fifty members. Its aims include:

  • Supporting the Museum by giving money for the purchase of artefacts, equipment or facilities.

  • Providing voluntary help when needed.

  • Encouraging others to visit the Museum to enjoy its displays and facilities.

The Museum is continually expanding its activities and needs more support from its Friends to help it achieve this growth.

Please help us to help the Museum by joining the Friends today.

 

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

  • A lively programme of talks and activities throughout the year

  • Information about the progress and development of Catalyst

  • Invitations to special events

  • Private views of all major new Museum exhibitions

  • Regular issues of the Friends newsletter

  • Opportunities to participate in a range of voluntary work at the Museum

Download an application form

HELPING HANDS

Friends can make a valuable contribution to the practical work of Catalyst by helping in a range of interesting Museum activities.

These currently include:-

  • Assisting with the cataloguing of books and photographic archives.

  • Acting as guides for visitors

  • Helping to staff Special Events for schools

  • Helping with the maintenance of the Museum's artefacts and exhibits

 

There are two categories of membership, category a (membership only) and category b (membership PLUS annual admission to the museum)

Annual subscription rates are currently as follows:

Type A membership 

 

Type B membership (inc. entrance to Catalyst)

Individual membership           

13

 

Individual membership          

19

Retired member                     

£11

 

Retired member                     

£16

Student                  

14

 

                   

n/a

Joint members (couple)             

18

 

Joint members (couple)          

29

Joint (pensionable couple)    

15

 

Joint (pensionable couple)      

24

Students (single membership subscription)       14


Organised by ‘Friends of Catalyst’ and Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Widnes SciBar meets on the second Wednesday of each month (not August) at the Hillcrest Hotel, Widnes. It’s an opportunity to meet in a relaxed setting, be entertained with talks from science professionals and discuss topics with like minded individuals.


7:30 pm, Wednesday 12th November 2014 at the Hillcrest Hotel, Widnes.

The First World War - Its Chemical Origins

 

Professor Alan Dronsfield, Historical Group, Royal Society of Chemistry

 

Although poison gases were first employed in the 1914-18 war, the consequent fatalities were relatively few compared to the millions who perished through the application of high explosives and synthetic propellants.

The 19th century chemistry which underpinned the industrial production of these materials, particularly in Germany, will be the main feature of the talk.

Large scale manufacturing organic chemistry really started with the synthetic dyestuffs industry, and the lecture will include at least one demonstration of early dyeing.