ICARUS4all Spring Excursion @ Regioarchiv Sittard-Geleen
Jun 1 @ 09:30 – 16:00

Dear ICARUS4all Members!

As you certainly know, our president, Peer Boselie, comes from Sittard in the Dutch province of Limburg, where he is the head of the Sittard-Geleen regional archive until his retirement at the end of May.
On the other hand, with the continuing going online of parish registers of new dioceses in Germany, our association has recently seen many new members joining from these areas.

If we add one and one together, the place and occasion for this year’s

spring excursion
on 1 June 2024 in Sittard (NL)

literally suggests itself!!!

Sittard is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. “Small but fine,” as Albert Dürer wrote. Inhabited since around 5500 BC, it served as a fortified town since around 1200. In 1677, it was largely destroyed by the French, but many traces of its history still remain. Notable features include the oldest choir stalls in the Netherlands (circa 1400), the (small) Bastion Sanderbout, and the first Basilica Minor in the Netherlands (elevated in 1883). Pope Pius IX himself sent the cornerstone for it.

Especially notable are the secret gardens, where history is told in a different way, through stories of war and peace, poems and songs, about God and people.


9:30-10:00 AM: Welcome at the Regioarchiv Sittard-Geleen, Kapittelstraat 6, Sittard
with coffee/tea/’vlaai’ (European heritage!)

10:00-12:00 PM: Guided tour of the archive, including explanation of the archive system and digital resources.

12:00-2:00 PM: Lunch (individually at one of the many restaurants nearby).

2:00-4:00 PM: City tour with visits to some special buildings and the “secret gardens of Sittard.” Departure point: Regioarchiv Sittard-Geleen, Kapittelstraat 6, Sittard.

How to get there:

By train: You can reach Sittard by train via Aachen and Heerlen. Alternatively, you can take a train to Geilenkirchen and then catch bus SB3 to Sittard (hourly service).

By plane: If you’re flying, you have a couple of options. You can fly into Eindhoven Airport, which is advantageous as there’s a bus connection to the train station. From there, you can take a train to Sittard (approximately 45 minutes). Alternatively, you can fly into Düsseldorf Airport and continue your journey by train via Aachen or Geilenkirchen (as mentioned above).


Participation in the archive and city tour is free, and we would be delighted to welcome you in Sittard on June 1, 2024. Please register by May 20, 2024, via email at with the subject “Sittard 2024” and provide us with:
• Name
• and number of persons

Best regards and see you soon!
Your ICARUS4all-Team

ICARUS Convention #32
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day

Our next semi-annual ICARUS Convention will be held in the thriving city of Novi Sad, Serbia, under the topic “Archives and Research – Between the Analog and the Digital”.

Thanks to the contributions from inside and outside the ICARUS network, our colleagues in Novi Sad were able to compile a spectacular programme, filling the days between 5-7 June 2024 with inspiring presentations and dedicated sessions, while not leaving out on opportunities for social interactions and getting to know the city and history of Novi Sad and Vojvodina.

Convention Programme:

In addition to presentations covering the main conference topics of “Minority Communities in Europe – Archival Materials and Other Sources” and “Archives and Societies – An Analog Archivist in a Digital World”, there will also be a session on Topotheque, introducing activities from partners in Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a workshop focussing on charters and Monasterium.

A special session concentrating on case studies on “Conservation and Restoration of Paper and Parchment” from Serbia and Hungary will be held in parallel to the main conference on June 6th. Note: this dedicated workshop will be held in Serbian and Hungarian language, with simultaneous interpretation into Hungarian respectively Serbian.

The programme also includes:

  • Sportive event: the traditional soccer match will take place in the evening of Wednesday, June 5th.
  • Culinary feasts: reception at the Archives of Vojvodina (Wednesday); Joint dinner with a view, at restaurant Karlo on the Petrovaradin Fortress (at own expenses, Thursday).
  • Guided tours: visit of the City Museum of Novi Sad and the Military Tunnels at the Petrovaradin Fortress (Thursday); Guided city tour through Novi Sad and visit of the Museum of Vojvodina (Friday).
  • Themed exhibition and book presentation by Ms Svetlana Liubljanac (Friday), presenting her publication on archival material of the advocate chamber of Vojvodina.

As always, participation in the ICARUS Convention is free of charge (exception: joint dinner on Thursday) and all ICARUS and ICARUS4all members are most welcome to join us in Novi Sad at the beginning of June!

Register here

Programme (short)

Programme (incl. abstracts and speaker biographies, general information about location and accommodation)

Call for papers (with extensive list of hotels and travel information)

Exploring Creative Tools for Cultural Heritage
Jun 10 @ 14:00 – 16:00

As culmination of our common project C4Education, the consortium consisting of University of Jena, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Time Machine Organisation and ICARUS will be hosting an online event to present the results of our project, launched as Heritage Innovation Lab. This virtual event will promote the discussion on integrating innovative creative tools into the cultural heritage field and will offer insights and support opportunities for project proposals with the latest advancements in technology.

Event Highlights

  • Overview of Creative Tools: Discover how tools such as AI, 3D Sound and XR and other digital applications can revolutionize the cultural heritage sector.
  • Funding Opportunities: Learn about current calls and funding opportunities available for GLAM institutions – Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums – looking to innovate and expand their impact.
  • Network and Collaborate: Engage with professionals from the University of Jena, Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision, ICARUS, and Time Machine Organisation.

The Heritage Innovation Lab, a collaborative venture between the mentioned institutions, is dedicated to promoting the rich narratives and cultural traditions of Europe through cutting-edge digital technologies. Our platform not only showcases valuable tools and resources but also offers consultancy and a dynamic online forum for professionals to share insights and experiences.

Why attend?

This gathering is a must for educators, researchers, and innovators focused on preserving and promoting European cultural heritage through innovative and digital methodologies. Join us to be at the forefront of transformation in the cultural heritage sector.

We look forward to your participation in what promises to be a stimulating and informative event!



ICARUS Convention #33
Oct 16 – Oct 18 all-day

Save the date! Our second semi-annual ICARUS Convention of 2024 will be staged in Naples, from 16-18 October, hosted by our longstanding partners, University of Naples Federico II and ICARUS Italia.

We are looking forward to diving into the topic of „European Travel Routes in GLAM – Digital Humanities and Archival Research“. Stay tuned!