Inventory of the collections in the CegeSoma depot

 From Monday 7 January to Friday 18 January 2019, the CegeSoma will carry out a stock taking of its collections conserved at Square de l'Aviation/Luchtvaartsquare. Read more...

Decease of Jacques Lory, former member of the Scientific Committee of CegeSoma

 Historian Jacques Lory, professor emeritus at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) and the University of Saint-Louis, passed away on 13 August. He became a member of the Scientific Committee of our Centre in 1972, to which he participated assiduously until its cessation in 1999. With him an important part of the memory of our institution disappears, as well as a discreet but important contributor to the historiography of the Second World War in Belgium.

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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...

A new digital corner!

 As announced in the Newsletter of November, Cegesoma continues to improve the digital access to its collections. From now on, the reading room has a digital corner completely dedicated to the digital access to the collections. Come and see our new service! Read more...

The State Archives meet the Universities on the Theme of Digitisation!

 Since 2015, the State Archives have begun a process of reflection on the digital access to their collections, among other things via the Brain project MADDLAIN carried out in collaboration with the Royal Library. Among the audiences that were studied, the university researchers are one of the priorities of our institution. It therefore seemed useful to reunite the heads of department of the State Archives with representatives of the different history departments of the Belgian universities to exchange ideas on their respective needs.
Feedback on a study day with many debates organized on 5 February.

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The broadcasting programmes of Radio Bruxelles and Zender Brussel digitally accessible in the reading room!

 Wartime radio was a particularly efficient means of communication. News of the front, official or clandestine speeches, encrypted messages and propaganda broadcasts were communicated to the Belgian citizens on a daily basis. Many families hold memories of evenings gathered around the radio. The radio was a real tool of information and persuasion, used by the allies as well as the occupier. CegeSoma proposes to discover or rediscover the German radio production in Brussels during the Second World War!
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The commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

 The commemorations are ever-present in our society today. The centenary of the Great War,  the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, and of course the recent terrorist attacks were all themes for commemoration ceremonies. Commemorations are social perceptions that should be studied not only for their historical relevance, but for the way societies have behaved with respect to them. In other words, how and to which end does the present claim the past? Read more...

Inventory of the Archives of the The Royal National Federation of Veterans of the Piron Brigade

 The memory of a legendary Belgian military unit finally accessible
When the activities of certain military units ceased after the German capitulation of May 1945, their members often felt the need to continue to reunite and keep the memories of their sacrifices alive. The acquisition and inventorization of archives of associations such as The Royal National Federation of Veterans of the Piron Brigade, are therefore particularly important to CegeSoma. Read more...

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