The Archives+ team were out in force again on Tuesday 6th August, taking part in Dig The City, Manchester’s urban gardening festival.

Joanne, Angela and Natalie, one of our volunteers, had a stall in Cathedral Gardens where families could take part in creating a big bee banner as part of our efforts to remind everyone that the bee is an important symbol of Manchester. As the Cathedral is home to two bee hives we had plenty of the real creatures to keep us company!

Dig the City, August 6th 2013

We also took along images from our Local images collection and our Archives showing Manchester’s gardening and allotment heritage. People were particularly fond of this image of Piccadilly Gardens being used as allotments during the Second World War.

Allotment Piccadilly Gardens 1942

Here’s the finished banner, let us know if you saw it on your travels.

Dig the City, August 6th 2013