SJ8398 : Bee in the City #041 "Sylvia" at the People's History Museum

taken 6 years ago, near to Manchester, England

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Bee in the City #041 "Sylvia" at the People's History Museum
Bee in the City #041 "Sylvia" at the People's History Museum
“Sylvia”, Bee number 41 on the “Bee in the City” sculpture trail was located inside The People's History Museum. This Bee, named after Sylvia Pankhurst, was created by Sneaky Raccoon and sponsored by UNISON Manchester and UNISON North West. The following information is quoted from the board on its base:

"It was at the Manchester Mechanics' Institute in 1868 that the first meeting of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) took place. Fifty years later, in 1918, the Pankhurst's led a victory that was meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war for gender equality. Sylvia Pankhurst, a suffragette, imprisoned numerous times, came to see the struggle for women to have the vote as just one strand in a larger struggle for equality."

"UNISON members work in many different roles in providing public services. It is the union for workers in sectors including local government, the NHS, the police service, education, utilities, transport and the voluntary sector. With 200,000 members it is the biggest union in the region and more than two-thirds of its members are women."
Bee in the City

The city’s worker bee motif has been part of the city’s heraldry for more than 150 years as an emblem of the industrious Mancunian spirit. During 2017, it took on an even more powerful meaning as a symbol of unity following the tragic events of May 22 LinkExternal link .

Bee in the City was a large-scale public art event which took place in Manchester between 23 July and 23 September 2018. More than 100 large, fibreglass bee sculptures were placed at the city’s landmarks and some lesser-known “undiscovered gems”. Each of the bees, which stand 1½ metres in height, was decorated with its own unique design, created by regional professional, emerging and amateur artists to celebrate the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene (LinkExternal link Bee in the City website).

Alongside the event, young people from schools, colleges and youth groups across Manchester participated in a learning programme linked to the curriculum. A further 131 smaller bee sculptures were decorated as part of the learning programme and were included on the trail during the summer of 2018. The designs explored various themes, from equality and diversity to local history and bee conservation LinkExternal link (Wild in Art).

At the end of the event, the majority (77) of the large bees were auctioned to raise funds for the We Love MCR Charity LinkExternal link . All 131 “Little Bees” created by children and young people as part of the Learning Programme were returned to the schools and youth groups that designed them.

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Date Taken
Monday, 6 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 19 February, 2019
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 833 983 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8854N 2:15.1868W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 833 983
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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