Municipal Archives

Bruges’ Municipal Archives are one of the most important in Europe. They consist of something like six kilometres of shelving. The staff collect, preserve, classify and make an inventory of the items so as to make them available to the public.

In addition to the documents that originate from the city’s administration, the Municipal Archives also house various private and family archives. The Adornes archive is one of the most important and most extensive family archives. The oldest items go back to the 14th century. The heart of the archive consists of documents that our family has been entrusting to the Municipal Archives since 1946. The documents are also important to the history of the Jerusalem Chapel and the almshouses. In 1987 and 1989 a two-part inventory was compiled so that the archive is accessible for further research.

If you are curious about the history of the Adornes family and would like to consult items from our archives, feel free to call in at the Municipal Archives.

Are you carrying out research into the Adornes family for a publication? If so, contact Noel Geirnaert, head archivist at the Municipal Archives. He will be glad to help you with your search.

We are giving you a helping hand on this website by including a list of major Adornes publications. Some can also be consulted online. In future we shall also be scanning several important sources and putting them online here.

Contact

Noel Geirnaert
Head Archivist, City of Bruges
Burg 11, box A
8000 Bruges
Tel: +32 (0)50 44 82 60
noel.geirnaert@brugge.be
www.brugge.be/archief (web site only available in NL)

  

On the Adornes family and estate

N. Geirnaert, 2014: Anselm Adornes en zijn Jeruzalembedevaart. Basis en inspiratie voor het werk van Rombout de Doppere.

N. Geirnaert, 2002, in Vlaanderen. Jaargang 51. Christelijk Vlaams Kunstenaarsverbond: Anselm Adornes (1424-1483): Koopman, aristocraat, bedevaarder en avonturier. Een Bruggeling met Italiaanse wortels en Schotse connecties. 

N. Geirnaert, 1983: Adornes en Jeruzalem: internationaal leven in het 15de- en 16de-eeuwse Brugge

N. Geirnaert, 1989: Het archief van de familie Adornes en de Jeruzalemstichting te Brugge, I Inventaris.

N. Geirnaert, 1989: Het archief van de familie Adornes en de Jeruzalemstichting te Brugge, II Regesten van de oorkonden en brieven tot en met 1500.

J. Heers et G. De Groër, 1978 : Itinéraire d'Anselme Adorno en Terre sainte (1470-1471). Texte édité, traduit et annoté

E. de la Coste, 1855 : Anselme Adorne, Sire de Corthuy, Pèlerin de Terre-Sainte : sa famille, sa vie, ses voyages et son temps, récit historique.

J. Gaillard, 1843 : Recherches historiques sur l’Eglise de Jérusalem à Bruges, suivies de données historiques sur la famille du fondateur.

On the evolution of faith, christianity and veneration of Jerusalem

J. van Herwaarden, 1983: Geloof en geloofsuitingen in de late Middeleeuwen in de Nederlanden: Jeruzalembedevaarten, lijdensdevotie en kruiswegverering. 

G. Bresc-Bautier, 1974 : Les imitations du Saint-Sépulcre de Jérusalem (IXe – XVe siècles), Archéologie d’une dévotion, in Revue d’Histoire de la Spiritualité,50.

On 15th-century art history

C. Périer-D’Ieteren, 2012 : Deux vidimus flamands oubliés du XVe siècle: les dessins Adornes, in Revue de l’Art n°178/2012-4 

G. Vanthuyne, 1991-1992, Diss. Lic. Kunstgeschiedenis en oudheidkunde: De evolutie van het Jeruzalemcomplex te Brugge van de 15de eeuw tot op heden.