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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.



  • 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


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           



Individual membership          


Retired member                     



Retired member                     







Joint members (couple)             



Joint members (couple)          


Joint (pensionable couple)    



Joint (pensionable couple)      


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 14th January 2015 at the Hillcrest Hotel, Widnes.

Is Hydrogen available at last as a practical low carbon, low emission fuel for transport?

Amanda Lyne, Managing Director of UlemCo Ltd, and Vice Chair of the UKHFCA

Hydrogen for transport, primarily reliant on fuel cell technology has long been heralded as the ultimate green fuel and low emission vehicle solution for a world without carbon based energy. To date, plagued with the challenge of delivering a fully functional, reliable, cost effective and practical alternative to combustion engines, it has proven to be elusive, always "ten years away from commercialisation" and a bit of a great white hope.

However, excitingly, we now sit on the verge of potential revolution, with major OEM’s publically committing to launch of vehicles in the next 2-3 years and several regions around the world deploying networks for refuelling with governments offering incentives for accelerated deployment.  So what does this mean for UK fleets and how can we really get access to this low carbon option?