National Monument to the Mobilization
     Invalids of World War I


   (vanBergen Bellfoundry Museum)
   Provincialeweg at Geuzenstraat
   Heiligerlee, Groningen, Netherlands
   LL: N 53.15611, E 7.00787
*Former location (1985-87):
   Aardenburg, Zeeland, Netherlands
*Original location (1964-85):
   Klokkestoel bij Huize Merelhof
   Drachten, Friesland, Netherlands
   (then listed as DRACHTEN - HM)
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   Provincialeweg 46
   9677 PD  Heiligerlee
   T/F: 0597 41 81 99
   E: info/@/museaheiligerlee DOTnl


   No regular schedule of live play;
   automatic at the hour while the museum
   is open (most afternoons, Apr-Oct;
   full schedule on Website).


   5 basses below cabin; bells cast in 1965
   (17), 1967 (1) and 1968 (31) - the
   last large carillon by Van Bergen.
   See also under 'Former carillons' below.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 49 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  3 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     G D 44/    C G   
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The presence or absence of a practice console is unknown
   The whole instrument was installed in 1987
     with bells made by vanBergen   
   Auxiliary mechanisms: E30   
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                  3 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:    2 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:   6 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  98%
   Year of latest technical information source is 2008

The museum Website (in Dutch) has much information, including the opening schedule; all photos are clickable for larger versions.

A peace carillon page has photos and additional information.

WCF photo of the carillon in the garden of the Museum
WCF photo of the empty tower on the front of the Museum; once upon a time this may have held a carillon.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the vanBergen bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all Netherlands traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all Netherlands traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all Netherlands traditional carillons by year of completion.

Index to all traditional carillons in Netherlands.

Index to all peace carillons worldwide.

Index to all tower bell instruments in NL/Groningen.

   This page was built from the database on 25-Jul-22
   based on textual data last updated on 2022/07/12
   and on technical data last updated on 2022/07/12

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