BMCC in Bruges and online

Monday June 24, 2024


Discover the harmony between heritage and accessibility

It is not always easy to make immovable heritage accessible. But it is possible.

On this study day you will discover the success factors of accessible heritage projects. With examples from home and abroad, attention to policy, buildings, environments, experience and mobility.


A fascinating programme

  • 9:00 am: Registration and reception
  • 9:30 am: Welcome by Wendy Metten (BE) - general manager Inter
  • 9:45 am: Road trip through Bruges with experts - Krista Bracke (BE)
  • 10:10 am: International vision on accessibility and heritage - Angela Rolfe (IE) - UIA working group Architecture for all
  • 10:30 am: Accessibility of immovable cultural heritage and good European accessibility solutions - Fionnuala Rogerson (IE) and Monika Klenovec (AT) - UIA working group Architecture for all
  • 11:00 am: Break
  • 11:15 am: Policy in Flanders - Matthias Francken (BE) - Herita vzw
  • 11:40 am: Provincial policy on accessibility - Jos Meheus (BE) - Province of West Flanders
  • 12h05: Accessibility and heritage policy of the city of Bruges - Els Pieraerts (BE) - City of Bruges
  • 12:30: Lunch
  • 1:30 PM: Inclusive design ensures enriching museum visits - Alexandra Verdeil (DE) -Tactile studios
  • 1:55 PM: Accessibility of archaeological sites: 2 case studies from Spain - Delfín Jiménez Martín (ES) - Architectural firm "EQAR, Planning, Building and Accessibility"
  • 2:20 PM: Bruges station area - Bart Slabbinck (BE) - City of Bruges
  • 2:45 PM: Addressing heritage issues and focusing on an inclusive experience - Marieke Vanloocke (BE) - Inter
  • 3:10 PM: Building BMCC in a heritage context - Ramona Nicolaescu (BE) - City of Bruges
  • 3:35 PM: Closing words by Pieter Marechal (BE) - alderman for Welfare Bruges

You can find the extensive program on the Inter website.

More than 13 interesting speakers

Wendy Metten - General manager of Inter

Krista Bracke - Expert by experience

Angela Rolfe - Architect and urban planner UIA - Ireland

Fionnuala Rogerson - Architect and accessibility consultant UIA - Ireland

Monika Klenovec - Architect, structural engineer and lecturer at Vienna University of Technology - Austria

Matthias Francken - Government commissioner for Inter and director of Herita vzw

Jos Meheus - Project director and section head at the Facilities Department - Province of West Flanders

Els Pieraerts - Accessibility Officer Bruges

Alexandra Verdeil - Inclusion expert and contributor at Tactile Studios

Delfín Jiménez Martín - Director of architectural firm "EQAR, Planning, Building and Accessibility" - Spain

Bart Slabbinck - The city Bruges

Marieke Vanloocke - Accessibility consultant Inter

Ramona Nicolaescu - City architect Bruges

Pieter Marechal - Alderman for Welfare Bruges

A short biography of every speaker you will find on the Inter website.

Location and accessibility 

  • BMCC, Beursplein 1 in Bruges
  • The auditorium is on the first floor.
  • In 2023, the BMCC was the first Flemish meeting and conference location to receive the M+ accessibility label from Toerisme Vlaanderen.

By car

There is little parking space at BMCC. Contact for an adapted parking space. Interparking ’t Zand is within walking distance of the BMCC.

With public transport

The BMCC is a 10-minute walk from the station and within walking and cycling distance of Bruges hotels and tourist attractions.

By bike

A spacious public underground bicycle shed for 220 bicycles is provided under the forecourt at the BMCC.



You can register for the study day by clicking on the link below. A maximum of 150 participants can participate live and 100 online. This event is free.

Register through this link


Accessible event

Everyone is welcome. That is why AccessibleEU, Inter, Bruges and the province of West Flanders are strongly committed to accessibility.

  • You can request an adapted parking space at
  • There are 36 mobile seats in the auditorium. You can request a free seat via
  • Interpreters are provided: Flemish Sign Language and Dutch-English.
  • The speakers will receive English subtitles.
  • The lunch takes into account people who eat vegan, lactose or gluten-free.

Do you need anything else to make this study day accessible to you? Then send an email to Or call 011 26 50 30.