We keep a playlist of our favorite sounds stored in memory – our mother’s voice, our
children’s laughter, lake water lapping the shore of a favorite retreat.
For many Manchester alumni, the peal of the Chime is one of those sounds.
Like comfort food, the Chime plays in our memories for years after we leave this beautiful oak-shaded campus. And like the other sounds on our personal playlist, the Chime reminds us of who we are, where we come from and what we hold dear.
For almost 90 years, the Chime has been Manchester’s morning call to the start of a new day, and an evening balm that casts a soothing spell on a gentle community. It rousts students to
8 a.m. classes, charms first-time visitors, and delights nostalgic alumni.
When alumni and friends raised $8,700 to purchase the Chime in 1922, it was a gift not
only to the University, but to all residents of North Manchester. Little did they know that
their investment in five tons of cast bronze would become an icon of the Manchester University experience.
The Manchester University Chime consists of 10 bells ranging from 550 to 2,650 pounds.
Chimers push hand levers in a room directly below the bells. The levers are attached to wooden rods that attach to chains and leather straps on the clappers. Pushing down on
the levers pulls the clappers against the bells.
Each of the bells is inscribed with Scripture verses or phrases that speak to the
values and ideals of Manchester University: Christian education, praise, devotion,
peace, brotherhood, love, hope, faith, evangelism and watchfulness.
The Manchester Chime is steeped in treasured history. The bells are played on
weekdays during the school year at 7:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. –
secular music in the
morning, sacred music in the evening. They’re also
played for special occasions
such as commencement, Homecoming,
Alumni Days, weddings and
memorial services. THE BENEFITS >