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19/09/2020 - Our branch offices and reading rooms
Our reading rooms are open again - Make an appointment!

All reading rooms of the State Archives are open again for the large public, upon appointment and wearing a face mask is mandatory.

  • Reservation of workspace in the reading room must be made by e-mail to the State Archives in question at least 2 workdays before the visit. You can find the contact details of our repositories here.
    ATTENTION: As of 10 September 2020, you must use our online booking form to book a seat in the reading room of the National Archives instead of sending an e-mail.
  • Please consult the special preventive measures against Coronavirus/COVID-19 to best prepare your visit.
  • Meanwhile, we continue to extend the online valorisation of archives and finding aids.
  • In order to somewhat alleviate the effects of the long closure of our reading rooms, all scheduled repository inventorying activities for 2020 are cancelled.
  • The reading rooms of the State Archives in Arlon, Liège, Mons and Namur are also closed on Saturdays until further notice.
  • All public events, colloquia, group visits, receptions, book presentations, training sessions, etc. are cancelled until further notice. Seminars for small groups of students may exceptionally be organized under strict conditions (by observing hygiene safety measures).

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24/08/2020 - Our branch offices and reading rooms - Antwerp-Beveren
Reopening of the reading room of the State Archives in Antwerp-Beveren on Tuesday 1 September

The reading room of the State Archives in Antwerp-Beveren will reopen to the public on Tuesday 1 September, following this schedule :

  •  Tuesday (9:00 am - 12:00 am and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
  •  Wednesday (9:00 am - 12:00 am and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
  •  Thursday (9:00 am - 12:00 am and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

Prior reservation by email is required

19/08/2020 - Our branch offices and reading rooms - Namur - Liège - Mons - Arlon
Temporary closure on the first Saturdays of the month of the State Archives in Arlon, Liège, Mons and Namur

Due to the Covid 19 crisis, the State Archives are forced to temporarily adjust their services on Saturdays. So far, four reading rooms were open to the public on the first Saturday of the month: in Mons, Namur, Liège and Arlon. For the next four months, the reading rooms in the aforementioned State Archives will also be closed on the first Saturday of the month. This means September 5th , October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th. A possible reopening at the beginning of 2021 will be communicated in good time. Thank you for your understanding.

02/12/2019 - Research - NAB

At the end of September 2019 data experts from across Europe gathered at the UK Data Archive (UKDA) for the annual CESSDA Expert Seminar (CES 2019). Belgium was represented by the SODA project, one of whose researchers gave a presentation about the new Open Data and Public Sector Information directive.

28/10/2019 - NAB

On 18 October 2019, the colloquium 'Saving the Web: the Promise of a Belgian Web Archive' took place in KBR. The colloquium was organised by the researchers of the PROMISE research project that aims to develop a federal strategy for the preservation of the Belgian web. Web archiving is clearly a 'hot topic' because the event attracted 107 participants from Belgium and abroad. The public was very varied and consisted of people active in the archival or library sector, supranational, federal, regional and local government services, research institutions and universities, genealogy, ...

01/04/2019 - Research - Events - NAB

“Cooperation, and even more so international cooperation, can be considered as a very positive factor in every regard”: With these words, National Archivist Karel Velle welcomed some hundred participants on March 18th to the launch event of the Time Machine project, a pan-European initiative and flagship project of the European Commission.

30/01/2019 - Research - Archives management - Publications - NAB

On 10 October 2016, the Belgian State Archives organised a congress about the impact of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) on the core activities of archive services and on their relationship with citizens and users. Eminent speakers from abroad, senior public servants, legal practitioners and archivists with in-depth expert knowledge and international experience reflected on the priorities of archive services, on issues and opportunities to live up to criteria such as accessibility, reliability, authenticity and completeness, but also on tools and procedures to defend and facilitate the very important right to information. The congress proceedings are now available!

30/10/2018 - Digitisation

The State Archives holds a real treasure of cartographic materials, but handing out original maps and plans in the reading rooms bears the risk of deteriorating the state of conservation of these documents. Indeed, repeated unrolling and rolling-up of these maps and plans that are sometimes of considerable size has taken its toll on the documents, which called for a large-scale digitization campaign. In recent years, some 60,000 maps and plans were digitised. This number increases steadily. Roughly 44,000 of these digital images have been processed and are now available for research.

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