State Archives of Belgium

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State archives in Tournai

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Rue des Augustins, 20
7500 Tournai
  How to get there

T : +32 (0)69 22 53 76
F : +32 (0)69 54 54 83
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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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.

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: Bernard Desmaele.

Archivist: Romy Gouverneur.

Reception, Reading Room and Stacks Management: Pascal Hubaut, Vincent Minschaert.

Maintenance: Marleen De Block. e-Procurement