The bees are back in town!

We are delighted to announce that the busy bees are back.
Bees and Humans:
Down through the ages honey was keenly sought after by both man and beast. Humans eventually learned how to encourage bees to live in straw hives known as SKEPS. They also learned that the honey was not the only useful commodity of the bees. Bees wax was highly valued and used  for candles and water proofing  materials. In ancient times monasteries kept honeybees and the monks used   all the products of the hive  in their work which ranged  from  writing manuscripts  to caring  for the sick. Even today  honey is still used as a  medicine in healing burns and other ailments,  bees wax is used in cosmetics and furniture polish. Propolis (resin from trees) which  the bees use to sterilise the hive, is used as a herbal medicine  to treat mouth ulcers etc.  Pollen is frequently   recommended in the treatment  of hay fever and  Royal Jelly is highly valued as a health food product.
However  it  has to be recognised  that  the honey bees  greatest service  to the environment is their ability to pollinate the many fruit and plants which are so essential to  human and  animal survival.
Watch the Museum’s honeybees at work through the observation beehive window in our Viking longhouse and see if you can find the queen.
A must see this summer!
Weather permitting they will be with us until the end of August.