Carillon visit: We have arranged two dates for visits to the carillon – Sundays 17 and 24 March at 1:30pm (prior to a Carillon recital at 2:30).
These visits are strictly limited to 9 people per visit (the space was never designed for general public visits) and require a reasonable level of fitness as there are 55 stairs to climb before a small lift is available.
This will be advertised in our February newsletter and we will take member registrations then.
The carillon is part of the National War Memorial (a Category 1 complex). “The National War Memorial of New Zealand, consisting of a Carillon constructed in 1932, and a Hall of Memories completed 32 years later, is a solemn tribute to, and a commemoration of, the contribution of all those New Zealanders who have served and died in war.” (Heritage NZ List entry).
Recently, the carillon tower and Hall of Memories were earthquake strengthened and cleaned as part of the construction of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.
For those who don’t realise it, a carillon is a musical instrument – the largest musical instruments in the world. They consist of at least 23 bells, typically housed in a campanile (bell tower), which are tuned so they produce a melody when played. The NZ carillon is the third largest in the world, both by number of bells (74) and their combined weight. You can read more on the Ministry for Culture and Heritage website.
Historic Photo Credit: Carillon War Memorial opening, Wellington, Anzac Day 1932. Ref: 1/1-037958-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22309765