Many myths and superstitions surround bees and bee colonies. For millennia honey was the sweetest taste we knew, and health-giving properties have long been attributed to it.
Bees are essential pollinators of crops, and bee numbers are declining for a number of reasons.
Many people in all walks of life have kept bees and continue to do so, and we illustrate and refer to bees in our in our language, literature and art.
Rural life museums are interested in beekeeping from a wide range of perspectives, considered here with dairying in this resource by Sally Ackroyd: