Welcome to CegeSoma (State Archives)

Who are we? CegeSoma is the fourth operational direction of the State Archives and the Belgian centre of expertise for the history of 20th century conflicts. We conduct fundamental historical research, develop public history projects, conserve archives and documentation and are engaged in societal debate.


Een Duits officier in een Belgisch kantoor in het station van Bergen. De Wehrmacht Verkehrs Direktion neemt grote delen van het strategisch en operationeel bedrijfsbeheer van de NMBS op agressieve manier over. Bron: privéverzameling Paul Pastiels.

Belgian Railways and deportations in WWII

On 8 December 2023, Nico Wouters presented in the Senate the report on the role of the National Belgian Railways Society (NMBS/SNCB) in deportations carried out during the Second World War in Belgium. CegeSoma conducted this research from January 2022 to November 2023, commissioned by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet and the Senate.


War Damage 1940-1945. The scale of destruction in five Hainaut cities. An exhibition at the Mons Memorial Museum.

War Damages 1940-1945. The scale of destruction in five Hainaut cities.

From 16 March to 8 September 2024, the Mons Memorial Museum will host an exhibition on the damage caused by World War II in Charleroi, La Louvière, Mons, Saint-Ghislain and Tournai.

This exhibition...Read more

16/03 2024 to 08/09 2024
2021-2022 inter-university seminar
Study day

A social history of the Resistance in small Belgian communes

On April 17, CegeSoma is pleased to invite you to the presentation of the conclusions of the second UCLouvain - University of Antwerp interuniversity seminar on local Resistance in 1940-1944. After an overview by seminar...Read more

17/04 2024
Study day

Study day 'Young Historians'

On Friday 19 April 2024, CegeSoma/State Archives is pleased to invite you to its annual study day for talented young historians who recently graduated.

This year, around twenty historians from universities all over the country will...Read more

19/04 2024
Contemporary History Day 2024
Study day

On the margins of history. Current research, debates, challenges.

Registration for Contemporary History Day 2024 now open ! After Eupen two years ago, the 2024 Contemporary History Day will take place in Brussels on Monday 13 May . True to its principle that historical research transcends...Read more

13/05 2024