The Federation Handbells

Strange Fruit, 'Ringing The Changes' touring production.
Strange Fruit, 'Ringing The Changes' touring production.
Image: Martin Yuill
Source: Strange Fruit

Be inspired!

The Federation Handbells are a unique musical resource available to everyone.

These beautifully crafted instruments were originally commissioned by Arts Victoria for the 2001 Centenary of Federation. They have inspired performances from schools, community groups and professional organisations and can be used by players of all skill levels for any occasion or musical style.

You can borrow the Federation Handbells for public or private events, local festivals, school programs, commemorative occasions and performances. The Federation Handbells are managed by Museum Victoria's Outreach Program on behalf of Arts Victoria.

The Bells are available for hire for up to three months. Collection and return is only possible on Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm. Hire of the bells incurs an administration fee of $55 for every 4 sets,  and the costs for their collection and return are covered by the hirer.

Costs to hire The Federation Handbells for up to three months are:
$55 for 1- 4 sets
$110 for 5 – 8 sets
$165 for 9 – 12 sets
$ 220 for 13 – 16 sets
(The costs then increase incrementally $55 for every 4 sets borrowed.)

All costs are GST inclusive.

To make a booking, fill out our booking request form or contact the Federation Handbells Program Officer:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 03 9392 4871

We would love to hear your stories and experiences with the Federation Handbells. If you'd like to share them, please leave a comment on the Testimonials page or email us.