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Manchester Town Hall Bees

Manchester Town Hall Bees

Home to its most ubiquitous and iconic design, Manchester Town Hall and the Manchester Bee are inseparably linked. Designed by Alfred Woodhouse and built between 1868 to 1877, the Hall features the bee both outside and inside the building. Standing outside the main...
The Manchester Bees of Mural Life

The Manchester Bees of Mural Life

I first noticed the Quebek’s Manchester Bees back in late 2015, when I used to cycle by the Bottletops piece pictured above on a daily basis. It was one of the first of many which have appeared on walls across Manchester since then, primarily around the city centre....
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...