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.


Important notice

NOTICE! The adverse weather conditions of 5 June have caused technical problems to the CegeSoma server infrastructure. The images of Pallas and the digital files available in the reading room can currently not be accessed. We do our best to solve the issue as quick as possible and thank you for your understanding.In practical terms, this means that it is currently impossible to place orders for documents in preparation for your visits to the reading room and that we are also unable to process your photo orders.
There are also problems with accessing the Journal of Belgian History (JBH) and the website The Belgian War Press. However, you may still have access:
• to the previous issues of the journal (former "Cahiers" and "Cahiers-Bijdragen") from n°1 to the special issue on Hungary

• to the previous issues of the “Cahiers d'Histoire du Temps présent” (CHTP) from issue n°1 to n°24

We are trying to solve all these problems as quickly as possible and will keep you informed.
We thank you for your understanding and patience.

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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