CATALYST Science Discovery Centre is celebrating after securing a £745,600 grant from the Inspiring Science Fund (ISF).

With additional match funding this brings a total investment of £1,078,000 to transform the interactive educational museum in Widnes.

Catalyst director Jayne Edwards said “This project entitled ‘Catalyst for a future generation’ will explore ground-breaking thinking about the relationship between science and wellbeing.

“We will involve all ages of the community and local partners in the innovative design of our spaces and exhibits to inspire a future generation of scientists across the north west and beyond, using new methods of experimentation and discovery.”

The ISF 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.

Halton MP Derek Twigg said: “Catalyst has been an integral part of the social and cultural landscape of Halton and the north west for the last 30 years.

“I look forward to seeing Catalyst transform with the involvement of the local community and continue the excellent work it does to inspire young scientists.”

Chris Tane, chief executive officer of Inovyn, added: “Catalyst’s role in encouraging young people to consider a career in science is vital to industry and wider society and we look forward to continuing our close relationship in these exciting times.”

Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: “We want to bring the wonders of science to as wide an audience as possible and that’s why it is at the heart of our modern industrial strategy.

“This investment will help inspire people from across the country to learn about the truly amazing benefits that science and technology has on all our lives.”

Catalyst is one of six centres that is to receive funding from the final round of ISF.