Manchester Bee facts:
- The worker bee is one of the best-known symbols of Manchester. It was adopted as a motif for Manchester during the Industrial Revolution, at a time when Manchester was taking a leading role in new forms of mass production, and symbolises Mancunians’ hard work during this era and Manchester being a hive of activity in the 19th century.
- In the early 1970s the famous Boddingtons logo was introduced, depicting a barrel and two bees.
- The University of Manchester‘s coat of arms features three bees. The bees are depicted on many structures in Manchester such as lampposts and bollards.
- Following the May 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, the bee emblem gained popularity as a public symbol of unity against terrorism, appearing on protest banners and graffiti.