Bee Here Now
September 11, 2023 11:18 PM   Subscribe

The worker bee has been a symbol of Manchester (England) since it attained city status in 1842. Does it represent the diligent productivity of the city's mill workers during the Industrial Revolution, the solidarity and committment to the common good of the Co-operative Movement, or something else? One thing's for sure, there are lots of them around. posted by sudasana (1 comment total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
If you are even in or near Manchester, and want to learn about the amazing work done for workers and human rights that originated in manchester and the north of england, run, don't walk to the People's History museum - fantastic history of unions/co-ops/labor rights in the UK and world (wiki). One of the most impressive museums I've ever been to. (And I say this as a Liverpudlian, who is loathe to ascribe anything Good to Manchester!)

"People’s History Museum is about creating a fairer world for everyone and we represent those working to achieve this.

The museum is a welcoming organisation, committed to standing in solidarity with people who face persecution and discrimination. Examples of this include but are not limited to dismantling racism, championing trans inclusion, standing with sanctuary seekers and embedding the social model of disability."

They use bees a lot in their work:

e.g. Sylvia Pankhurst inspired bee flies into PHM
, OUTing the Past: The Manchester Bees of LGBT History, Beeing Special

posted by lalochezia at 5:07 AM on September 12 [2 favorites]

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