The Central Council maintains and publishes records of methods which have been rung in peals and quarters, and provides advice to ringers about methods, method extension and other technical matters. The online CCCBR Methods Library contains over 20,000 methods, and is maintained by the Technical and Taxonomy Workgroup

Methods Library

The Central Council Methods Library contains lists of methods by place notation in various formats. A searchable database of methods which displays blue lines and useful information such as method properties, first performances and suitable compositions can be found in Composition Library.

Variations and Calls Library

(typically Doubles) Variation is a named combination of a method when used with specified non-standard calls that can produce an extent or multi-extent block. The Central Council Methods Variations and Calls Library contains lists of Variations that have been rung and named and the associated methods and calls required to ring them. For more information about Variations see section 5.D of the Framework for Method Ringing.

Framework for Method Ringing

The Framework for Method Ringing is a Standard that provides common language and terminology for describing many aspects of method ringing, and it also contains the Central Council’s requirements for adding new methods to the Central Council’s methods library, for classifying and extending methods, and for record length performances. It is provided to support effective communication within the ringing community, and is an important reference if you wish to name a new method, extend a method, or are unsure how to record a performance.

The first version of the framework was approved by the Executive on 24 February 2019 and became effective on 1 June 2019. The second version of the framework was approved by the Executive on 26 January 2022 and became effective on 1 May 2022.


The Council’s earlier Decisions governing, among other things, Peal Ringing and Methods were withdrawn on 1 June 2019 and have been superseded by the Framework for Method Ringing.

Questions and advice

The Methods team of the Technical and Taxonomy Workgroup has an expert panel which can answer questions about methods including those on the Framework for Method Ringing, method classification, method extension and method naming.

Questions can be sent by email to .

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