ZUTPHEN – The Clockhuys museum was opened in the Wijnhuistoren on Thursday February 23, 2017 with the carillon of this characteristic tower at its heart. It is absolutely in keeping that campanology is the main theme in the Wijnhuistoren. The brothers François and Pieter Hemony poured the bells of their first carillon for this tower in 1664. Unfortunately, this instrument was largely lost in 1920 due to a fire in the tower. Of the 32 Hemony bells seven survived the disaster. Only one of them is still part of the current carillon.
During the opening of the museum, Ada Boerma-Van Doorne, chairman of the Dutch Carillonneurs Association (NKV) addressed the attendees. On behalf of the NKV she presented the so-called Van der Elst bell to the museum. This bell, being the perpetual trophy for the improvisation competition organised by the NKV, was cast in 1963 and is named after Dr. Wijnandus van der Elst, chairman of the NKV from 1949 to 1955. It is not only figuratively but also literally a prodigious prize and therefore not easy to move. That is why the winners these days receive a scale replica, including a matching wooden bell frame.
The new exhibition space covers two floors in the tower. Visitors can play on a practise carillon keyboard and watch a special seven-minute movie about the carillon.