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The Manchester Bees of BeeMancunian

The Manchester Bees of BeeMancunian

I first came across the above example of BeeMancunian’s work while reading through the many #manchesterbee tweets in the wake of the Manchester bombing. A few people had shared images of the sculpture and, thanks to Caroline Polwarth, I was able to track down in the...
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. I’m interested in identifying all the symbols. If you can help, please let...
The Manchester Bees by Matthew Beckwith

The Manchester Bees by Matthew Beckwith

Recorded in 2016, The Manchester Bees is a half-hour audio documentary by Matthew Beckwith about the bee’s history, present and future and features a number of contributors, including myself. The documentary begins with a taxi tour around Castlefield with...
Library Walk Bees

Library Walk Bees

A recent addition to the city architecture, Library Walk was redeveloped with a new glass coverage linking the Town Hall Extension and the Library in 2015, with bees featuring both inside and out. Approaching from the Albert Square side, you’ll pass between 4 large...
The Oddfellows Beehive

The Oddfellows Beehive

While the following is not directly about the Manchester Bee, the use of beehive imagery here in Manchester, dating back before the creation of the Manchester Bee is an area of interest requiring further study, as it could possibly be the original inspiration. As you...
The Street Sweeper Bees of Manchester Day Parade

The Street Sweeper Bees of Manchester Day Parade

As part of the Manchester Day Parade, two Mechanical Sweepers make annual appearances dressed up in the fuzzy finery of the Manchester Bee, sweeping up the detritus left in the parades wake. While the floats change every year, as far as I’m aware the sweepers have...