Friends of Catalyst
A friends organisation was formed in 1987 to support Catalyst and now has more than fifty members. Its aims include:
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
Friends can make a valuable contribution to the practical work of Catalyst by helping in a range of interesting Museum activities.
These currently include:-
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:
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.
7:30 pm, Wednesday 13th May 2015 at the Hillcrest Hotel, Widnes.
The Early Chemical Industry in Widnes
Before 1847 Widnes was a rural area with scattered villages. From then on, change was rapid & drastic as the chemical industry arrived in the form of the horrible Leblanc process. Thousands moved into the area, most to work & live in dreadful conditions.
However, Widnes was also the place to be for entrepreneurs & talented chemists from both England & the continent. Some of these chemists eventually recognized the potential of major changes being introduced elsewhere & moved on but some remained loyal to the Leblanc process to the end.