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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.

Reading Room – Changes in the Time Table


From November 2016, our reading room will be open without interruption from Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. This new time table corresponds with the one applied by our colleagues of the State Archives 2 in Brussels. This (small) diminution of our weekly opening times is also in line with the future policy of the State Archives with regard to the accessibility of its reading rooms.
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ADOCHS - For a better quality of the digitized collections

 On November 1st 2016 the CegeSoma launches the ADOCHS project (Auditing Digitalization Outputs in the Cultural Heritage Sector) in collaboration with the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), VUB and ULB. This project is dedicated to the improvement of the quality control process concerning the digitized heritage collections. On the basis of written and iconographic sources, the team will develop methodological and technical tools needed to guarantee a control of the quality of the technical aspects and of the quality of the metadata. Anne Chardonnens is in charge of this project at the CegeSoma. Visit the website for further information.
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The First World War in 2018, and then ?

What, in the next two years, can we still organize on the subject of the First World War ? Are there  new themes that can be addressed?  And, above all, what after 2018 ? How can we ensure that this enthusiasm continues after 2018 ?
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The Cahiers d’histoire du temps présent and numerous other publications of CegeSoma at give-away prices

For a modest sum, it is still possible to acquire the majority of the CHTP-BEG as well as several studies and work instruments on Belgian 20th century history.

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A Virtual Museum on the Second World War under Preparation

 There is no museum in Belgium on the Second World War that offers an overview of current WWII research. The BRAIN-project BELVIRMUS/WW2 , coordinated by the State Archives, wants to fill this lacuna by creating a virtual museum on the Second War in Belgium, focusing primarily on collaboration and repression. Read more...

A Number of Periodicals Temporarily Unavailable

A number of periodicals published between 1940 and 1944 is momentarily being digitised by an outside firm and therefore momentarily unaccessible. If you wish to consult a periodical published between 1940 and 1944, it is advisable to contact Kathleen Vandenberghe beforehand to make sure it is available.


Become Associated Researcher at CegeSoma

Scholarly research about 20th century conflicts has long ceased to be the exclusive domain of academic historians. Scholars from other disciplines, as well as non-academic researchers are now actively pulling their weight in the field. This yields results that are often as diverse as they are valuable.

In order to bring this varied group of researchers together in one network, CegeSoma has created the statute of Associated Researcher (see the list below). This statute replaces the old network of 'correspondents'. Are you interested and would you like to know if you can qualify ? You will find all the information you need in the Associated Researcher Note. Read more...

An Inside Look at Brussels 1914-1918

 During the Great War, Brussels lived a unique experience. Even though the Belgian capital escaped the fighting, it was Europe's largest city to endure the war under occupation. This forgotten history is illustrated on the new website www.brussels14-18.be/en , a public history project carried out by CEGESOMA, and launched by the Région de Bruxelles-Capitale and VisitBrussels. The website traces the history of civilian populations using photographs of the 1914-1918 period.
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