Collection Bites: The symbolic life of bees @ Manchester Museum, Manchester [31 July]

Collection Bites: The symbolic life of bees

13:30 - 14:00

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Manchester Museum
Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL Manchester, United Kingdom
Collection Bites: The Symbolic Life of Bees
Monday 31 July
1.30 — 2pm
Adult Programme

«The Symbolic Life of Bees» with Deborah Ward

The bee is the symbol of the city of Manchester, adopted by the Victorians; seven bees were incorporated into the city’s coat of arms in 1842 – so perhaps Manchester, of any city in the UK, should be particularly concerned about the dramatic decline in the country’s bee population.

This talk looks at how the symbol of the bee has been used throughout history, by different cultures, and why it resonates so much with the people of Manchester.


Collection Bites are half an hour talks hosted by our Visitor Team every other Monday. Our Visitor Team are on the museum floor with our collections every day so are perfectly placed to give bite-sized introductions to our collection — with a bit of a contemporary twist.

Have a look at some of the stories so far on the Visitor Team blog:

Collection Bites take place in the Collections Study Centre on the 3rd floor, and are free to attend. There is no need to book, just meet at reception 10 minutes before the start of the talk.
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