Liverpool Travel

Bees. A Story of Survival

Bees. A Story of Survival is a special exhibition at the World Museum in Liverpool. It opened in May this year and it is on until May next year. It offers an immersive experience and it is really good. I’m sharing a few highlights from our visit.

Bees. A Story of Survival

Display

The whole exhibition is in low light with sounds and music. The low light is a nod to the dark cavities where the bees make their homes.

screen

There are touchscreens with beautiful pictures and details about the bees, from anatomy to where they live. There are lots of interesting facts on those touchscreens, so, if you visit, make sure you allow for time to read them. If it’s a bit busy it is worth waiting for a few minutes until they are free to use.

cello

This cello was heartbreaking to see. It is a memorial to a former honeybee colony. Two scientists working on honeybee communication put this cello in the Nottinghamshire countryside. It was supposed to raise awareness of the bees’ importance. Multiple swarms came out of the cello, but within 2 years the colony inside died. It was due, most likely, to the pesticides used in farming, coupled with lack of biodiversity.
The cello is now a memorial to the lost bees.

flower

wall

corridor

These walls were created using shapes from a bee hive. The long corridor has some rooms like this one, which has a short clip of bees’ transformation, from egg to adult.

screen

bee hive

There was quite a long, but very interesting clip with bee hives. In front of the screen there were 3 hives for people to touch and feel.

art

It was a very nice experience and I would recommend it. In my view this exhibition is suitable for children over 10 and not younger, to properly understand and appreciate the wonders of the natural world. The entry fee is £12 for adults.

3 Comment

  1. I’ve been looking forward to a post about this ever since you featured it on Instagram. It looks fascinating!

    I think we have several active hives at the moment, but I’ve never had much to do with any of our bees, so I’m not very knowledgeable about them. I do know that one of the major causes for colony collpase in the US is the Varroa mite.

    So many people don’t truly understand how important honeybees are to the world.

    1. Honeybees are so important. I think this exhibition can make some visitors more aware of some of the issues.
      Mites were mentioned too here, which I imagine can be linked to lack of biodiversity. Pests grow in strength as they adapt, and more powerful pesticides are needed, which means they adapt again.
      There were facts on why there are less bees, but it didn’t mention deforestation for crops used for animal feed as a reason. It was only mentioned deforestation, without naming the reason for deforestation. It’s like they are afraid to tell the truth not to appear too radical, but the facts are facts.

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