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Welcome to the Manchester Bees, dedicated to celebrating one of Manchester’s most enduring icons, through looking at its history and its presence as a symbol around the city centre and beyond.

Manchester Bee Bike Tour

Manchester Bee Bike Tour

Taking place this upcoming Sunday is a unique tour combining the history of the Manchester bee, current issues in bee keeping and cycling.

Coat of Arms Bees – The Manchester Ship Canal Company

Coat of Arms Bees – The Manchester Ship Canal Company

The Manchester Ship Canal Company was formed in 1882 with the aim of linking Manchester to the sea via a navigable canal and river route. The idea had been floating around since 1660, but it was the Manchester manufacturer Daniel Adamson who brought together the men...

City Centre Beehives – Manchester Art Gallery

City Centre Beehives – Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery’s rooftop became a home for bees in 2011. Inspired by an article about the work of Steve Benbow, beekeeper for Tate's Modern and Britain, John Mouncey proposed a scheme to the gallery’s new director, Dr. Maria Balshaw that beehives be placed on...

Pendulum Hotel Bees

Pendulum Hotel Bees

Located as part of the exterior fencing of the Pendulum Hotel along Charles Street are a three metal sculptural plates, decorated with scientific and Lancastrian symbols, the bee amongst them.

City Centre Beehives – The Printworks

Up on top of the roof of The Printworks, you’ll find a little oasis of peace and calm, featuring an allotment, herb garden, orchard, beetle hotel and bee garden.

Co-Operative Society Beehives

The beehive has long been one of the main symbols of the Cooperative movement, representing working together for the good of the whole.