Blue plaque to remember Hull's beekeeping queen Eva Crane
BEEKEEPING queen Eva Crane will be commemorated with a plaque on the Hull house where she once lived.
The blue plaque at the Newland Park property will be officially unveiled on Tuesday, June 12, the centenary of her birth.
Dr Crane, who died in 2007, travelled the world to research material for a series of books, which are legendary in the bee world.
The nuclear physics lecturer also founded the renowned International Bee Research Association while living in Hull in 1949.
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Beverley Beekeepers' Association and Hull City Council have arranged the plaque, which is the first anywhere to mark her remarkable life.
Beekeeper Dr Chris Coulson, association chairman, said: "Eva Crane was an exceptional woman who became one of Hull's famous daughters.
"Everybody in the beekeeping world knows her books and the fantastic amount of work she did to increase knowledge and understanding of the honey bee.
"Eva lived in Hull from 1946 to 1955, and it is brilliant that we can commemorate her life with a plaque on the house where she lived."
The plaque will be unveiled by Richard Jones, director of the Eva Crane Trust, which is part of the International Bee Research Association.
Representatives of local, national and international beekeeping organisations, and the city council, will also be attending the ceremony.
Dr Crane was a mathematician and physicist who travelled until she was almost 90 to look at beekeeping in rural corners of 60 countries, and was convinced it had started in the Zagros mountains on the borders of Turkey and Iraq.
Dr Coulson, of The Avenues, west Hull, said: "It is the first plaque to commemorate Eva's wonderful life in Hull and anywhere else for that matter.
"She is a household name with all beekeepers and we felt it was important to do something on the centenary of her birth.
"Everybody has been very supportive, including the current owners of the house and Newland Park Residents' Association.
"We also hope members of the public will come along to the unveiling ceremony to help us celebrate the life of a truly remarkable lady."
Dr Crane's husband, James, was born in Hull. He served in the Royal Navy Reserve before becoming a ship broker in the city.
Donations for the plaque came from Beverley Beekeepers' Association, Hull City Council, the International Bee Research Association, Yorkshire Beekeepers' Association, British Beekeepers' Association and Bee Craft.
The unveiling ceremony will be at 55 Newland Park in west Hull on Tuesday, June 12 at noon.