State Archives of Belgium

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National Archives of Belgium

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Rue de Ruysbroeck 2
1000 Brussels
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T : 02 513 76 80
F : 02 513 76 81

Opening hours:

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.

  Click here for the complete list of closed days

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.

20/07/2017 - Events - Liège - Royal Palace - NAB
State Archives exhibition at Royal Palace

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.

11/03/2016 - Various - NAB

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.

21/09/2015 - Digitisation - NAB
Over 38,000 seal moulds online

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.

28/08/2015 - Digitisation - NAB

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.

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.

20/01/2015 - Events - NAB
Colloquium about the First World War on 3 March 2015

On 3 March 2015, the National Archives organizes an international colloquium titled "The Great War from Below: between individual life courses and collective experiences. New sources, new perspectives". Registration mandatory, before 25 February 2015 via  Read more

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.

31/03/2014 - Digitisation - Saint-Hubert - NAB

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.

19/09/2011 - Digitisation - Acquisitions - NAB

In 2009, the National Archives of Belgium received a digital copy of the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Since September 2011, this copy is fully implemented in the State Archives databases.

Directorate-General and Central Services

Director-General – National Archivist of Belgium: Karel Velle

Directorate-General Secretariat: Chantale Merckaert

Risk Prevention Officer: Philippe Fabry

Archives Supervision
Head: Kathleen Devolder
Archivists and instructors: Sigrid Dehaeck, Cléo Flament, Valérie Gheysens, Kenzo Lanoo, Geert Leloup, Sophie Vanderus, Koen Verstraeten.

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, Fiona Aranguren Celorrio, Stéphanie Paul, 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

Operational Directorate of Support Services

Operational Director of Support Services: Eric Dam

Head: Eric Dam
Staff: Pascale Bataille, Viky Heirweg, Marcel Delwiche, Isabelle Ponteville

Head: Carine Delhovren
Staff: Carine Bourmanne, Els De Cock, Stephan Hamtiaux, Aurélie Hessel, Lieve Maes

Head: Peter Van Overveldt
Staff: Patrice Blanche, Frédéric Gatisseur, Benny Huyghe

Head: Pierre-Alain Tallier
Facilities and Transport Staff: Pascal Decoster, Emmanuel Etienne, Eddy Leliveld, Guy Ongenae, Ronny Schoofs, Fabrice Vanderlinden
Cleaning Staff: Henriette Benvanuta Calligaro, Rik Dewaele, Christel Hanssen, Fatima Siraj, Afafe Taj.

Reception: /

Brussels Department

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, Jean-Luc Plaigin
Library:  Karin Mertens, Catherine Vandenbruggen, Jonas De Koning
Restoration Workshop: Bart Boon, Bénédicte Muls, Frank Van Laethem
Reproductions and Loans: Betty Bracke, Yolande Schaltin
Conservation, Preservation and Stacks Maintenance: Naima Ferrouj, Chantale Heuschen, Charlène Mol

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, Bernard Wilkin
Stacks Managers: Faissal Beddi, Laurent Caltabellotta, Antoinette Delvaux, Patricia Gevers, Ilse Van Damme, Michaël Van Leliendael, Chantal Windels
BRAIN Project Collaborators:  Arnaud Charon, Sarah Heynssens, Margot Brulard
Conservation, Preservation and Stacks Maintenance: Faissal Beddi, Laurent Caltabellotta, Antoinette Delvaux, Patricia Gevers, Ilse Van Damme, Michaël Van Leliendael, Chantal Windels

Operational Directorate I

Operational Director: Chantal Vancoppenolle

Operational Director Flanders: Chantal Vancoppenolle (deputy: Eddy Put)

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

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