Time & Tide Bell

The Time & Tide Bells are a project started by artist Marcus Vergette in 2009 when the first bell was sited in Appledore, Devon.

The project consists of a permanent installation of bells around the UK coastline, which are rung at high tide by the rising sea. The rise of the water at high tide moves the clapper to strike the bell. Played by the movement of the waves, the bell creates a varying pattern. As sea level rises the periods of bell strikes become more frequent, and as submerged in the rising water the pitch will vary.

Time and Tide Bells are being permanently sited at the high tide mark in locations around the UK, from London to the Outer Hebrides.

The first bell was installed in July 2009 at Appledore, Devon. The second on Bosta beach, Gt. Bernera, in the Outer Hebrides in June 2010, the third at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London in September 2010, the fourth was installed in Aberdyfi, Wales, July 2011 and the fifth in Cemeas, Anglesey in 2014.

“This is an inspired project. The link between ourselves and the elements are in danger of being lost in our 21st century life. The importance of that link, given climate change, is more important than it ever has been, and such a beautiful reminder of the importance of tides and sea levels is truly inspirational.”  – Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer, House of Lords

MAC are working with Marcus Vergette to site one of the bells in Morecambe. The bell comes gifted by the artist to the community. but we now need to raise the money to cover installation costs.

If you would like to know more about this project, have an idea which can help to raise funds, or for any other reason, please contact us.


Update: At the recent art auction in aid of the time and tide bell at The Midland Hotel, we raised an amazing £805 towards the installation costs.

UpdateSee our recent blog post about the Lincolnshire Time & Tide Bell group.

Update: We have been awarded £15,000 by the Arts Council of England towards the Time and Tide Bell project.

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Update: We raised £65.45 towards the Time and Tide Bell project at the Catch The Wind Kite Festival stall.

Update: We have been awarded £500 by the Eric Wright Charitable Trust towards the Time & Tide Bell project.

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Update: We have been awarded £1,050 by the Galbraith Trust towards the Time & Tide Bell project.

Update: We have been awarded £5,000 by the Morecambe BID towards the Time & Tide Bell project.