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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 individual.

With the help of David Hornby's we have setting up a Widnes SciBar blog.

http://widnesscibar.blogspot.co.uk/


7:30 pm, Wednesday 11th February 2015 at the Hillcrest Hotel, Widnes.

The challenge of observing the deep ocean: who cares and why is it so difficult?

Dr Matt Donnelly, British Oceanographic Data Centre, based in Liverpool

The world's oceans are vast and sparsely explored, but their circulation and transport of heat are key components of our climate system.

Observation of the deep ocean faces many technological challenges, from building robust scientific equipment to withstand the pressure at up to 6000m depth through to communicating and making use of that data for analysis.

We'll explore the deep ocean circulation, why this matters to our understanding of climate change, and the work that is underway to improve the breadth of these critical observations.