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Bee Coordinator

Volunteer Bee Coordinator joins the Manchester team!

Canon Adrian Rhodes has joined the Volition team as our Volunteer Bee Coordinator. Known as the “Canon Apiarist” at Manchester Cathedral Adrian has been a beekeeper since 2011, keeping bees at home, on the roof of Manchester Cathedral and is mentor to our volunteers who look after the Beehives at Manchester Cathedral and the Printworks. […]

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Sir David Richards, Patron of Volition

Sir David Richards has become a patron of Volition Community following a visit last year to see the work of this charity. Welcoming Sir David, the Dean of Manchester thanked Sir David for his commitment to this programme which runs from Manchester and Liverpool Cathedrals. Sir David, encouraged at the outcomes of this programme of […]

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Bee Hive Live Stream

Bee Hive Cameras Live Stream

A short video showcasing Manchester Cathedral Bees by Adam York Gregory Manchester Cathedral Bees from Adam York Gregory on Vimeo. Bee Hive Cameras We currently have two bee hive cameras upon the flat roof of Manchester Cathedral, click on the play button below to view the bees and their hives.         Heavenly […]

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Volition tour behind the scenes of Manchester Central Library

Volition visit Manchester Central Library

Volition volunteers had a fantastic tour behind the scenes of Manchester Central Library on Friday. Courtesy of the Heritage Access Manager, we toured the old and new areas of the building and learned a lot about local history. Volunteers learned how to research their family trees and the history of Manchester Cenotaph using digital tools. This will be an invaluable training tool for our volunteers working as stewards on Manchester Cenotaph in the city centre.

We toured the restoration labs where expert restorers rebind books and bring old documents and posters back to life. Volunteers were also shown into the Manchester archives where 100s of 1000s of documents are stored and which are now being digitally archived for future generations. The grand old office of the library director with it’s secret doors and ‘snug’ rooms is now a meeting room which fascinated the group, as did the beautiful domed reading rooms with its ‘whispering’ echos.

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