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How to get there
T : 02 513 76 80
F : 02 513 76 81
Tuesday to Friday: 8.30 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.
In order to reuse some elements of the State Archives' IT infrastructures for the needs of the future data archive, a mapping between Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) was developed. This crosswalk will enable the State Archives of Belgium to feature metadata pertaining to social science datasets in its online catalogues. The mapping is introduced in a paper published by the International Association for Social Sciences Information Services & Technology (IASSIST) in its open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal, IASSIST Quarterly.
As each year, the Royal Palace opens its doors to the public during summer. Two of the three exhibitions shown there are co-organised by the State Archives! Discover them from 22 July to 3 September 2017. Free entrance.
From 14 to 19 March 2016, the National Association of Italian Archivists carries out actions to raise awareness among the large public for the preservation of archival heritage in Italy and for the need to promote the profession of archivist. We have decided to support our Italian colleagues by spreading their actions and by presenting a number of documents about the history of Italy conserved in our repositories.
The National Archives of Belgium conserves one of the most voluminous collections of seal moulds in the world. Until recently, these 38,000 seal moulds were only accessible in the reading room of the National Archives in Brussels. But now they are also accessible online via our website.
On 27. August 2015, the Cartesius website was officially launched at the National Archives of Belgium in the presence of the state secretary for science policy and the defence minister. The State Archives, the Royal Library, the Royal Museum for Central Africa and the National Geographical Institute each conserve rich cartographic collections. The four institutions now have joined forces to bring their historical cartographic collections for the first time together to the broad public.
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.
Until 2018, over 10 km of records of the so-called ‘Africa Archives’ from the period 1885-1962 will be transferred to the State Archives. Among these records are 5 km of archives from the former Ministry for Colonies, 4.5 km of archives from the Governor-General of the Congo and 1.4 km of colonial personnel files. On 11 December 2014, a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ was signed between the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and the State Archives.
In March 2014, that is to say 100 years after the First World War broke out and 75 years after the start of the Second World War, the 17 linear metres of archives (100 boxes) were returned to Germany – to the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Indeed, diplomatic archives are the property of the country that created them.
Directorate-General and Central Services
Director-General – National Archivist of Belgium: Karel Velle
Directorate-General Secretariat: Chantale Merckaert
Risk Prevention Officer: Philippe Fabry
Head: Kathleen Devolder
Archivists: Arnaud Charon, Flore Plisnier, Marij Preneel, Nicolas Surdiacourt
Trainer: Danielle Caluwé
Archive teams: Sigrid Dehaeck, Valérie Gheysens, Kenzo Lanoo en Sophie Vanderus
International and External Relations
Head: Karin Van Honacker
Translators: Alexander Hezel, Pascal Neckebrouck
Public Relations, Communication and Press: Stéphanie Deschamps, Geertje Elaut
DIGI P@T (Digital Conservation & Access)
Head: Rolande Depoortere
Technical Support: Yves Lardinois (staff leader), Romain Blan, Evy Cuyt, Eddy Lermytte, Sélim Teyar, Sandra Théate
Content Support: Annelies Coenen, Freya De Schamphelaere, Benjamin Peuch, Sébastien Soyez, Johan Van Der Eycken
Scanning/Data Input/Quality Control agents: Marjolijn Bijloos, Daniel Bovy, Peter Fraussen, Françoise Graindorge, Kathleen Jorissen, Guillaume Lebbe, Claudine Lelubre, Antonius Renard, Marie-Noëlle Verhulst
Directorate of Support Services
Director of Support Services: Eric Dam
Head: Caroline Huys
Staff: Pascale Bataille, Viky Heirweg, Marcel Delwiche
Head: Carine Delhovren
Staff: Carine Bourmanne, Stephan Hamtiaux, Aurélie Hessel, Lieve Maes
Head: Peter Van Overveldt
Staff: Patrice Blanche, Frédéric Gatisseur, Benny Huyghe
Head: Eric Dam
Facilities and Transport Staff: Emmanuel Etienne, Eddy Leliveld, Guy Ongenae, Ronny Schoofs, Fabrice Vanderlinden
Cleaning Staff: Henriette Benvanuta Calligaro, Rik Dewaele, Christel Hanssen, Fatima Siraj, Afafe Taj
Acting Head of Brussels Department: Pierre-Alain Tallier
Section 4: Public Service – Ancien Regime Archives – Restoration Workshop – Library
Head of Section: Marc Libert
Archivists: Lieve De Mecheleer, Dirk Leyder
Reading Room: Benoît Jacquet, Annemie Mahieu, Anja Marginet, Madiha El Maimouni
Library: Catherine Vandenbruggen
Restoration Workshop: Bart Boon, Bénédicte Muls, Frank Van Laethem
Reproductions and Loans: Yolande Schaltin
Conservation, Preservation and Stacks Maintenance: Naima Ferrouj, Chantale Heuschen, Charlène Mol
Reception: Najima El Hajoui Zaroili
Section 5: Contemporary Archives (NAB + NAB2)
Head of Section (NAB + NAB2): Pierre-Alain Tallier
Head of Section 5 for NAB: Michaël Amara
Archivists: Guy Coppieters, Madeleine Jacquemin, Filip Strubbe
Stacks Managers: Faissal Beddi, Laurent Caltabellotta, Antoinette Delvaux, Ilse Van Damme, Michaël Van Leliendael, Chantal Windels
Conservation, Preservation and Stacks Maintenance: Faissal Beddi, Laurent Caltabellotta, Antoinette Delvaux, Ilse Van Damme, Michaël Van Leliendael, Chantal Windels
Operational Directorate I
Operational Director Flanders: Eddy Put (deputy)
Operational Directorate II
Operational Director: Sébastien Dubois
Operational Director Wallonia: Sébastien Dubois
Publications and Printing
Head: Roland Van der Gracht
Print Shop: Jan Fabri
Publications Sales: Patricia Liétard
Project collaborator: Sofie Onghena