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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.


A workshop on looted library materials in Belgium during the Second World War

 On 14 June 2019, Dr Patricia Kennedy Grimsted (Harvard University) was invited as the main speaker to a workshop organised by CegeSoma and AMSAB - ISG about the Nazi's plunder of cultural heritage in Belgium during the Second World War. She is an internationally renowned expert who has been carrying out research on this issue for decades and still works on the subject. Read more...

Conference in Leuven about archives and historical research

 From 6 to 7 June, the yearly international archival symposium will take place in the Belgian State Archives in Leuven.

The theme of this year's conference is archives and scholarly research (Archive und wissenschaftliche Forschung). Read more...

Workshop Plunder of Art and Heritage in Belgium during the Second World War - 14 June 2019

 Recently Patricia Grimsted, the well-known American researcher on the history of the German looting of art and heritage in Europe during World War II, has addressed a number of Belgian researchers with a request to follow up on earlier research and publication projects.
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International Conference ‘Holocaust Studies and Its Social Setting’

 To conclude the second phase of the project “European Holocaust Research Infrastructure”, with the State Archives/CegeSoma being one of its partner institutions, an international conference is going to be held in Amsterdam on July 3, 2019. Read more...

War - occupation - liberation: a new book on Belgium during the Second World War

 On May 8, a new permanent exhibition on the Second World War was opened at the Army Museum / War Heritage Institute.

This exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue that looks at the Second World War from different angles. To the latter, CegeSoma researchers have made a significant contribution. Read more...

Find out how to use the Ugescrowd platform

 The Ugescrowd platform (a new digital tool for improving the description of CegeSoma's photograph collections) is set up to be as intuitive as possible. However, initial feedback from users has shown that the platform still needs some modifications and first-time users can benefit from some guidance. Read more...

Study day aimed at the French-speaking local historical associations

 'De la Libération à la Victoire : l'histoire locale revisitée'

Lundi 3 juin 2019 – Archives de l'Etat à Namur

Le Centre d'Études et de Documentation Guerre et Sociétés contemporaines (CegeSoma), 4e Direction opérationnelle des Archives de l'État en Belgique, organise le 3 juin prochain une journée d'étude spécialement destinée aux cercles d'histoire locale. Read more...

Fifth 'double' Public History Encounter of the CegeSoma

 1.   At the Royal Museum of the Armed forces/War Heritage Institute on 20 May 2019 (10.00 am – 11.45 am) 'Private tour of the new permanent exhibition 'War - Occupation – Liberation' 
2.   At CegeSoma on 19 June 2019 (12.30 pm – 2.00 pm)        
  'Current challenges for a war museum.'
Conference-debate with guest speakers: Wannes Devos and Kevin Gony.Moderated by Chantal Kesteloot
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