The V&A is proud to announce that on the 4th April, a delivery of four honey bee hives arrived at the Museum. After much logistical effort, including the reinstatement of an historic winching system, the bees were hoisted onto the roof and located in a sheltered part of seven acre roof space. With a flight path of approximately three miles, they have an abundance of foraging grounds with a number of Royal Parks located in close proximity.
The Museum bees at home in their hives
The hives are currently serviced by The London Honey Company who attend site regularly to check on their condition and ensure everything is running smoothly. A number of V&A staff are also in the process of being trained to help manage the project.
In other exciting news, after being on site for little over a month, the first signs of honey being found within the hives. Watch this space…!
A beekeeper from The London Honey Company tends to the hives