National Monument to the Mobilization
     Invalids of World War I


   (vanBergen Bellfoundry Museum)
   Provincialeweg at Geuzenstraat
   Heiligerlee, Groningen, Netherlands
   LL: N 53.15603, E 7.00759
*Former location (1985-87):
   Aardenburg, Zeeland, Netherlands
*Former location (1964-85):
   Klokkestoel bij Huize Merelhof
   Drachten, Friesland, Netherlands
   (then listed as DRACHTEN - HM)
Site locator map  or  [ MapQuest map ]
City locator maps and gazetteer page
Also see our own Map Use Hints.




   Provincialeweg 46
   9677 PD  Heiligerlee
   T/F: 0597 41 81 99
   E: (Webform @


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


   Basses below cabin; bells cast in 1965,
   1967 and 1968 - the last large
   carillon by Van Bergen.

*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:     --D   /    C --  
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1987
     with bells made by vanBergen in 1964
   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.

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 tower bell instruments in NL/Groningen.


   This page was built from the database on 27-May-08
   based on textual data last updated on 2008/05/22
   and on technical data last updated on 2008/05/22

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

[TowerBells Home Page] [Site data top page] [Credits and Disclaimers] [Feedback]

Please send comments or questions to csz_stl@swbell.net