The coat of arms on Victoria Baths
The antelope, the lion and the bees
With Manchester City Council's announcement that the city's creative director Peter Saville is looking at new designs for their corporate identity, there's a chance to take a closer look at their existing emblem, the official Manchester coat of arms.
Design a Manchester motif
- If you had to come up with a new Manchester logo, what would it be?
In short, the coat of arms is packed with information, so much so that the Council say there is absolutely no suggestion that any new design will replace it as the official badge of the city (the idea is to simply help identify the Council on things like letterheads and business cards, much like the 'In Salford' brand does on the other side of the Irwell).
Manchester's coat of arms was granted to the city in 1842 and is a classic heraldic design, showing a shield of red and gold, bearing the image of a ship, supported by an antelope and a lion and crowned by a globe covered in bees.
And as it is heraldic, each part of it signifies or suggests an aspect of the city’s past and present 167 years ago.
The Manchester coat of arms
• The red shield with gold stripes is taken from the lords of Manchester, who ruled the city prior to 1301
All that considered, the coat of arms proclaims Manchester as a city of global trade and industry, built on extreme courage, bravery, strength and discipline and filled with peace and harmony.
That's quite a statement and one which means Peter Saville is probably grateful that the Council aren't asking him for a replacement motif that goes into that level of detail.
last updated: 11/02/2009 at 15:31