About the Ruckers Society

Our Mission

The Ruckers society was founded in 1969 as a non-profit organisation in order to preserve, enlarge and study the collection of musical instruments hosted at the museum Vleeshuis in Antwerp, promoting a better understanding of the craft of instrument making and enhance a better understanding of early music.

The society was named after Hans Ruckers who devised the final concept of the harpsichord. He was the founder of the famous workshop for harpsichord making in Antwerp during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Extraordinary Experiences

The Ruckers society takes an active part since the second half of the 20th century till today in the recognition of instruments as part of our cultural heritage providing accurate contemporary information on the interpretation of music.

Our main goals

These are our main goals

  • Conservation & restauration of historical music instruments
  • Support for research
  • Study of historical performance practice

Who we are ?

Board of Directors

  • Wilfred Goris
  • Jos van Immerseel
  • Jeannine Lamberchts
  • Ingrid Cambier
  • Christiane Vermeire
  • Luk Callens
  • Kris Verhelst
  • Jos Raets