26th July

One Small Step, One Giant Celebration!

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre’s community event to mark the moon landing anniversary goes off with a bang!

In July 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 held an amazing community event on Saturday 20th July. This free event included hands-on activities from Catalyst and a whole host of free activities including planetarium shows, real moon rocks and meteorites from STFC Daresbury Labs and a code-a-drone activity and green screen so visitors could have their photo taken with a variety of backgrounds from Mako Create. Halton Libraries provided Lego making, the Institute of Physics held storytelling sessions, artist Emma Curd ran craft activities, WSO Brass Quintet performed the Planets Suite and The Studio gave a dance performance in the Observatory. Halton Borough Council supported the event and even arranged a fun fair outside too. Undoubtedly though, the star of the show was trainee astronaut Dr Jackie Bell, star of the BBC programme ‘Astronauts : Do you have what it takes?’ and visitors had an opportunity to meet Jackie to hear all about her training.

Following the event Dr Jackie Bell said “I wanted to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all at Catalyst for being so welcoming and accommodating over the weekend. The event was fantastic and you should be very proud. A large majority of the people I spoke with had not previously visited Catalyst and I believe this is a huge achievement in terms of reaching new audiences and diversifying our future STEM workforce.”

Martin Pearson, CEO of Catalyst Science Discovery Centre said “What a wonderful event, it was great to see the local community so engaged with all the different activities and exhibits we had on offer to celebrate the moon landing.”

As part of the event, Catalyst created a community-led exhibition of newspaper articles, photographs signed by the astronauts and associated artefacts as well as a specially commissioned film of local people’s memories and experiences of the 1969 moon landings.

Jade French, Community Engagement Coordinator and curator of the exhibition said: “We wanted to capture what this epic journey to the moon meant for local people in Halton and how it was celebrated at the time. Our exhibition includes many items that local people collected as well as some amazing stories from local people of that historic day.”

The exhibition will run at Catalyst until the end of August so there is still time to catch a glimpse of local people’s moon memories.


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.


This project was supported 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.

Photographs show (left to right) Councillor Eddie Jones HBC, Martin Pearson CEO Catalyst, Dr Jackie Bell and Dr Diana Leitch MBE Chair of Catalyst Trustees

Trainee Astronaut, Dr Jackie Bell having her photograph taken at the green screen