State Archives of Belgium

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State archives in Louvain-la-Neuve

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Rue Paulin Ladeuze, 16
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
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T : 010 23 00 90
F : 010 23 00 98
Reading rooms closed in the Brussels-Capital Region

On Saturday 24 October 2020 new measures were taken in the Brussels-Capital Region to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Monday 26 October 2020, all cultural sites are closed and telework becomes mandatory where possible. The aim of these new measures is to reduce the number of social contacts and to restrict movements. The State Archives are affected by these measures, among others concerning our reading rooms in the Brussels-Capital Region. The reading room of the following services are closed until further notice: National Archives of Belgium, National Archives 2 - Joseph Cuvelier repository, State Archives in Brussels, Archives of the Royal Palace , Archives Service for War Victims and CegeSoma. These services can still be contacted by phone, but contact by e-mail is preferred.

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.

Two hundred years ago, on 18 June 1815, the famous battle of Waterloo was fought. The State Archives conserves hundreds of linear metres of records from this period that can be searched with archive guides, inventories, historical studies, etc. A number of events are also organised this year in relation with the commemorations.

In order to let the general public discover the rich archival heritage on the First World War, the State Archives launched a new dedicated website in August 2014: It is filled with a variety of interesting documents, including letters, posters, photographies, minutes, etc. The website is in French.

Head of Service: Catherine Henin.

Archivist: Flore Plisnier.

Reception, Reading Room and Stacks Management: Emily Bouillot, Myriam Georis, Delphine Houioux.

Maintenance: Marie-Christine Hillaert. e-Procurement