ICARUS Convention #30 @ Sittard & Maastricht, NL
May 3 – May 5 all-day

ICARUS Convention #30:

‘Archives and Traces of Migration’


The ICARUS Convention #30 will take place from 3rd to 5th of May 2023 in Sittard and in Maastricht, Netherlands!

It will be hosted by Archives De Domijnen/Euregional Historical Centre Sittard-Geleen, assisted by the Historical Centre Limburg and the Social Historical Centre for Limburg (NL).

Registration is closed.


The convention’s thematic priority

Thematic priority of the convention will be how archives in (and outside) Europe deal with migration and especially with the archival material regarding the migration. Do they own any materials about migration, do they actively collect them? Are these materials being made visible (and how)? Are archives working together with universities to scientifically research and evaluate them? And with museums to present them?

Migration is a theme that is very important in our days, but migration is, of course, of all times. Traces of it are therefore visible in archives throughout Europe. We will see and hear examples how these kinds of archives have been handled in the past and how they are handled now. Can we learn from each other? 

There will be time to present and discuss the theme (participants of the Creative Europe-project AToM (Archives and Traces of Migration) will take the lead in this). There will be discussion, exchange, the sharing of experiences and the development of possible solutions and strategies will be explored.

But also other projects in which archives in Europe are involved, like the TimeMachines, will be invited to present themselves. Also projects of the Icarus-community (like Monasterium, Matricula and the very successful Topotheque) will be given the chance to give an update of their progress at this meeting. 

The convention’s structure

The convention will act as a sharing place where professionals and user communities will have the possibility to present, discuss and share their ideas, visions and concrete projects, with the aim to prepare new partnerships, as well as the planning and implementation of possible new projects.
During the three days of the convention there will be the possibility to do presentations, workshops, discussions, ‘exchange-tables’ and ‘cooperation-tables’.


Registration is closed.


Click here to see the programme & click here to see the abstracts of the presentations.

Click here to see the agenda of the General Assembly 2023.

Hotel & Travelling:

Click here for information about travelling and accommodation.

Locations for the Icarus convention:

3rd – 4th of May: Museum Hedendaagse Kunst De Domijnen Ligne 5, 6131 Sittard
5th of May: Historisch Centrum Limburg – St Pieterstraat 7, 6211 JM Maastricht


Need more information?

Peer Boselie:
Nina Vogels:


ICARUS Strategic Meeting @ Alter Stiftskeller
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day

ICARUS celebrates its 15th anniversary and the beginning of a new era with our new president Birgit Kibal from the National Archives of Estonia!

For this reason we cordially invite you to a meeting with a discussion how to strategically orient and organize ICARUS in the future:

The meeting will take place from 23rd to 24th June 2023 in Klein-Mariazell (30 min. from Vienna – see

Approximate programme:

23rd June: 

  • 11.00 Bus transfer from Vienna main railway station
  • 12.00 Welcome at the meeting venue – the old abbey cellar in Klein-Mariazell 43a
  • 13.30-17.30 Professional part – discussions on the future of ICARUS
  • dinner to be organized on your own, but from 20.00 onwards there is the possibility to have a glass of wine together in the old abbey cellar

24th June: 

  • 09.30-12.00 Professional part – conclusions
  • 12.00 Bus transfer from Vienna main railway station
  • 13.00-14.00 ICARUS4all: general assembly (for ICARUS4all members only)
  • 15.00-15.30 Organ concert in the basilica with guided tour by Thomas Aigner
  • 16.00-17.30 Festive event: festive speech by Dr. Margit Ksoll-Marcon, former director general of Bavarian statal archives
  • 17.30-20.00 Buffet
  • 20.00-05.00 Anniversary party with Na Mahones o Inis Beag (Irish folk), Schlawiener & friends (Rock, Pop covers) and some surprises!

The bus from Vienna main station departures at:
Am Hauptbahnhof 1, 1100 Vienna (see details)

We are looking forward to seeing you in Klein-Mariazell and have a huge party together!

Any questions regarding the event? Please write to

general assembly 2023 @ Alter Stiftskeller
Jun 24 @ 13:00 – 14:00

This year our general assembly takes place within the great anniversary event of 15 years of ICARUS!

Please download the invitation and agenda of the general assembly here.


You are kindly asked to register (on site / online) until the 15th of June 2023.

Registration and further information HERE

ICARUS Croatia Days #9
Mar 13 – Mar 15 all-day

Already for the 9th time ICARUS Croatia, supported by ICARUS, organises the annual ICARUS Croatia Days. This year the event will be hosted by the Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek, the Centre for Cultural Heritage and other partners.

Under the title “Heritage Beyond Borders: Cultural and Educational Practices and New Perspectives” the event will be carried out within the frame of the Creative Europe project AtoM – Archives and Traces of Migration dealing with documenting and exploring archival heritage related to past and present migrations. Following ICARUS Croatia Days’ previous reflections on archives’ and heritage institutions’ work in digital society, this conference will also address creative perspectives and innovative approaches to communication of cultural, historic, and artistic heritage, especially in the framework of Creative Europe and audience development programmes as well as the implementation of digital tools in the cultural heritage sector.

This conference will also present international projects and initiatives in GLAM, art, science and education communities connected to topics such as digital storytelling and education, networking and the use of multimedia in representations of cultural heritage. Different digital platforms as well as various projects and programs reflecting interdisciplinary collaboration in the domain of culture, education and academia will also find a place in this event.

Find the preliminary programme here.




(Deutsch) ICARUS4all Online-Diskussionsrunde: Historische Kochbücher @ Zoom
Mar 15 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.

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