Contact:Avenue des Bassins, 66
How to get there
T : +32 (0)65 400 460
F : +32 (0)65 400 461
Tuesday to Friday: 9 am to 4.30 pm.
July and August: 9 am to 12 am and 1 pm to 4.30 pm => closed between noon and 1 pm.
Closed on Monday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
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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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.
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: http://14-18-wallonie.arch.be. It is filled with a variety of interesting documents, including letters, posters, photographies, minutes, etc. The website is in French.
Head of Service: Laurent Honnoré.
Archivist: Pierre-Jean Niebes.
Head of Research Projects: Projet SATURN :.
Reception, Reading Room and Stacks Management: Loïc Burelle, Laurent Mothy, Damien Pontegnie, Stéphane Vanleynseele, Valérie Vincent.
Maintenance: Elly Hoencamp, Sabrina Miceli, Sibel Uysal.