State Archives of Belgium

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State archives in Mons

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Avenue des Bassins, 66
7000 Mons
  How to get there

T : +32 (0)65 400 460
F : +32 (0)65 400 461
Summer opening hours

In July and August, the reading rooms of the State Archives remain open! However, they will close between noon and 1 pm, except at CegeSoma. The reading room of the National Archives will open its doors at 9.00 am instead of 8.30 am, from Tuesday to Friday. The usual opening hours will apply again as from 1 September 2018.

22/07/2015 - 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: 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.

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