Who's who?

Head of Heritage Service

Gonnie Leysen is proud to have been head of service for the Hospital Museum since 2019. She studied modern history at KULeuven, followed by archive management at the VUB. Much like the 17th century Mother Superior, Joanna Donckaerts, Gonnie is central to the museum's activities. As an archivist she focuses on the collection's preservation and sound management.

Museum Policy Adviser

Jolien Hoekx has earned the resounding title of Museum Policy Adviser. She studied Language and Literature at KULeuven. Much like Superior Petronella Bauts, she has undertaken training in management (Culture Management, UA). Petronella Bauts oversaw the building of the convent in 1663, Jolien is working to develop the museum's activities.

Museum staff

Solange Abbeloos joined the Hospital Museum in 2017. A versatile creative and administrative organiser, she is responsible for events and projects. It is her job to ensure that there is always something going on in the museum.

Martien Tant converted her love of the museum into a full-time job in 2016. As an administrator and museum guide, not only does she welcome visitors with open arms, but she is responsible for looking after the archives and collections. She is the collection's ‘go to’ person.

Chantal Vandeplas joined in 2000 as an administrative assistant for the former non-profit organisation. Her knowledge and job description have grown over the years. Today she shares her knowledge as a guide and as a highly regarded colleague. She specialises in target audience outreach: from education projects to intensive partnerships with care institutions.


Ellen Boonen has been making sure that everything runs smoothly since 2021. She is a safe pair of hands and provider of all the elbow grease. Her sound knowledge of materials has enabled her to look after the building and all the objects it contains.

Annemie Geyskens has been looking after the collection since 2015. In her job she combines building and collection-piece maintenance with general care for the collection. She handles the maintenance and inspections and takes preventive and corrective action as and when needed.

Maarten Mertens is a technician and has worked for the Hospital Museum since 2017. His passions for heritage and wood keep him in constant demand. If he is not in the garden or warehouse you will find him in his workshop.