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Welcome to CEGESOMA/State Archives of Belgium

CEGESOMA, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Society, is the Belgian centre of excellence for the history of 20th century conflicts. It carries out research, organises public events and holds document collections. It is since 1 January 2016 the fourth Operational Directory of the State Archives. It is a platform for academic and public activities in Belgium and abroad, in particular with regard to the two World Wars.


Du café liégeois au Soldat inconnu. La Belgique et la Grande Guerre.

 Looking at a past that has forever marked our history


The authors of this book have wanted to describe a certain number of events of the First World War, but also the traces that the conflict left on Belgian society. The aim was not to be exhaustive, or several volumes would not have sufficed.

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‘To End All Wars?’ International Conference at the End of the Memorial Year 2018

 The In Flanders Fields Museum and Cegesoma organize the four-day international conference To End All Wars? – Geopolitical Aftermath and  Commemorative Legacies of the First World War.
This international (English-language) conference will take place in Ypres, 22 - 25 August 2018.

 

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The Readers Card becomes Free of Charge

 From 1 June 2018, access to the 19 reading rooms of the Belgian State Archives (including the CegeSoma reading room) becomes free of charge.

This new measure aims to make the Belgian archives accessible to all citizens. Prices for research-services and costs for 'reproductions on demand' however increase substantially.

The new prices for all public services by the Belgian State Archives have been approved by the minister for Science Policy on 25 May 2018 (and will be published soon in the Belgian 'Moniteur/Staatsblad').

To consult the table with all new prices, please click here

Yearly meeting of the ASF Volunteers at CegeSoma

 On 19 June, the yearly meeting of the ASF volunteers and their project partners took place in the conference room of CegeSoma.

 

For 60 years, the ASF (Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste), an association founded by opponents of Nazism, sends each year some 170 young German volunteers to countries where the population has suffered from the crimes committed by the Nazis during the Second World War. The first ASF volunteers arrived in Belgium in 1963. Read more...

CegeSoma presents its multiannual plan and its annual report for 2017

 For the first time in its history, CegeSoma presents a multiannual plan (2017-2021).

It is the result of various meetings with stakeholders, of which our specialized scientific committee, renewed in 2017, is the most important one. Read more...

The Journal of Belgian History publishes a thematic issue on the history of psychiatry in Belgium

 The new issue (number four, 2017) of the Journal of Belgian History is a thematic issue on the history of psychiatry in Belgium, edited by Benoît Majerus (Université de Luxembourg) and Anne Roekens (Université de Namur). Read more...

2019-2020: CegeSoma and War Heritage Institute join forces

 In 2019-2020, it is exactly seventy five years since the liberation of Belgium and Europe from Nazism.

In the context of this anniversary, CegeSoma and the War Heritage Institute concluded an agreement to promote further collaboration between the institutes. Read more...

Acquisition – Archives of the Fraternelle du service Hotton

 An valuable fonds for the history of the armed resistance in Wallonia at the eve of the Liberation

The service Hotton was a resistance organisation created in 1943 on the initiative of the Belgian and British authorities. Its mission: to harass the occupying forces militarily by attacking their communication channels and telecommunications. Operational from early 1944 onwards, the group made its mark on the forested area of Chimay-Couvin owing to the dynamism of its group D. Its archives, bequeathed in April 2018, document this remarkable activity. Read more...

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