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Talks, Walks and Family History

Date(s) - 10/09/2017
All Day

Catalyst Museum

catalyst buildingVisit Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum on Sunday 10th Sept to discover all about the rich heritage of the area.

Prior to the Industrial Revolution, the area alongside the River Mersey near Spike Island was called Woodend and was simply green fields and marshland. With the construction of the canal, the locks and the railway, this area soon became the heart of the chemical industry in the North West.

At 10.30am and 1.30pm, Local Historian and Catalyst Trustee, Dr Diana Leitch MBE will be giving talks entitled ‘A Recipe for Soap’ looking at the history of soap-making in Runcorn and Widnes through three major soap producers; Gossages from Widnes and Johnson Brothers and Hazelhursts from Runcorn.

At 11.30am and 2.30pm, Catalyst Trustee, Bob Roach will be conducting guided ‘Heritage Walks’ of the local area incorporating Spike Island, the Sankey Canal and West Bank.

Throughout the day you can explore some of the artefacts in the Catalyst archive collection or trace family history with one of Catalyst’s volunteer archivists, Judith Wilde. The Catalyst galleries will also be open so you can have fun finding out about science in our Scientrific Gallery, learn about the history of the chemical industry in the Birth of an Industry Gallery or use our brand new ‘Panoramic Halton’ interactive tablets* that contain a wealth of information about the heritage of the area that you can see from the 4th floor Observatory Gallery. (*deposit required).

Elements Cafe will be open throughout the day for food, drinks and ices.

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