24th October

Periodic Table brought to life at Catalyst!

2019 was designated as the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT) by the United Nations and on Tuesday, in this iconic year, Catalyst held a celebration to launch a unique Interactive Periodic Table Exhibit!

The brand new exhibit sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry and one of its special interest groups (CICAG) and supported by Less Common Metals from Ellesmere Port, is the very first exhibit to be installed as Catalyst commences a programme of major refurbishment following a grant from the Wellcome Trust and UKRI.

The event was attended by invited guests, trustees and patrons, pupils from Widnes Academy West Bank, Lunts Heath Primary School, Cowley International College and representatives from Runcorn WI Ferry Girls who contributed artwork for a Periodic Table Exhibition which will run alongside the installation until Christmas.

As he unveiled the exhibit, Professor David Phillips CBE, FRS, Past President of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Patron of Catalyst said “Catalyst is an inspiration. This is exactly the type of thing that we, the Royal Society of Chemistry should be supporting. It demonstrates the utility of chemistry for the world and it is in the site where so much of the chemical industry was founded and still continues today. It is a very, very special place.”

Catalyst CEO, Martin Pearson said “This is a really exciting time for Catalyst, the Inspiring Science Fund project is enabling us to redevelop some of the physical spaces within the building and also expand our audience to work with more groups in the local community. The Interactive Periodic Table is the first of 25 new exhibits that Catalyst will take delivery of over the next 6 months in addition to an inflatable dome which will allow us to present planetarium shows for schools and family visitors. We are very much looking forward to a positive future as this transformation progresses.”

Chair of the Catalyst Trustees, Dr Diana Leitch said “The official opening of the new interactive Periodic Table exhibit on Tuesday was the culmination of a dream for Catalyst to be the first place in the UK to have such an exhibit and entirely appropriate for it to be based in the only science discovery centre in the UK specialising in the chemical sciences and also the only museum of the chemical industry in the UK. For it to be sited in a building which already existed as part of Gossages great soap works in 1869, when Mendeleev worked out the layout of the Periodic Table, is an added bonus. We cannot thank the Royal Society of Chemistry enough for co-funding this new exhibit which is part of our Inspiring Science Project funded by the Wellcome Trust and UKRI.”

The exhibit will be a permanent feature in the ground floor gallery at Catalyst and will be available for people to investigate over the coming half term. In future any visitors who agree to Gift Aid their admission to Catalyst will automatically receive a 12 month pass to return again and see the developments as the refurbishment progresses.

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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.

Website: www.catalyst.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CatalystScienceDiscoveryCentre/

Twitter: @CatalystSDC

For more information contact Meryl Jameson, Marketing Manager at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 0DF. Telephone 0151 420 1121 or e-mail meryl@catalyst.org.uk

Funding

This project is supported by Wellcome Trust and UKRI ‘Inspiring Science Fund’. The Inspiring Science Fund scheme, which is co-funded by UKRI 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.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. With 49,000 members and a worldwide knowledge business that spans the globe, we are the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists; a not-for-profit organisation with 170 years of history and an international vision for the future. We promote, support and celebrate chemistry. We work to shape the future of the chemical sciences – for the benefit of science and humanity. CICAG (Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group) is one of its many Special Interest Groups

For more information contact Edwin Silvester, Media Relations Executive. Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF. Telephone +44 (0)1223 432294 email: silvestere@rsg.org

Photograph shows

Martin Pearson CEO of Catalyst, Dr Diana Leitch MBE Chair of Catalyst Trustees and Professor David Phillips CBE, FRS from the Royal Society of Chemistry