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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.

Report on the Young Historians’ Day at Cegesoma

 On April 19th, 2018 CegeSoma organised the 12th edition of its workshop aimed at young historians, both those looking for a subject for their future Masters' thesis and recently graduated talents.
This time the punishment of collaboration after  the First and Second World War and, more generally, research possibilities linked to the archives of the military justice system constituted the central themes of the day. Read more...

New contact addresses !

 To improve the quality of our service, CegeSoma has two new contact addresses:

info-cegesoma@arch.be : for correspondence and the providing of information

repro-cegesoma@arch.be : for the request of reproduction of documents


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...

A resistance fighter in the garden cities of Watermael-Boitsfort, 1940-1945

 The famous documentary maker André Dartevelle bestows us with a poignant posthumous publication. He put into practice all his talent as a historian and journalist in order to deliver the detailed and heartfelt story of the Resistance in the bucolic Brussels municipality of Watermael-Boitsfort at the edge of city and countryside.
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In honour of Social Welfare

 On Saturday 17 March, the magnificent historic Social Welfare building was open to the public on the occasion of the biannual Art Nouveau/Art Deco open days, allowing anyone interested to visit these places usually closed to the public or subject to restricted access. Read more...

Update Call for Papers - Languages and the First World War II 2018 Conference

Europe House London, 10 September - KU Leuven, Brussels Campus, 12 September


Following a successful first international conference on Languages and the First World War (University of Antwerp and the British Library, June 2014), two successful books of essays (Palgrave-MacMillan), and the following that has been built up (@LanguagesFWW and the blog, https://languagesandthefirstworldwar.wordpress.com/, run by Julian Walker), the organisers are pleased to announce the second Languages and the First World War conference for 10 and 12 September 2018. Read more...

JOURNAL OF BELGIAN HISTORY –The Double Sized Issue of the JBH of 2017 has been published

With considerable delay, the double-sized issue (2-3) of 2017 has been published. Read more...

The ‘Bijdragen’/’Cahiers’ (1970-1995) added to the digital archive of the JBH

 The seventeen volumes of the journal 'Bijdragen tot de Geschiedenis van de Tweede Wereldoorlog'/'Cahiers d'histoire de la seconde guerre mondiale' (1970-1995) have been added to the website of the Journal of Belgian History (JBH) (http://www.journalbelgianhistory.be/en). All articles are free and digitally accessible. This means that, for the first time, the digital archive of three related journals have been integrated: the old 'Bijdragen tot de Geschiedenis van de Tweede Wereldoorlog'/'Cahiers d'histoire de la seconde guerre mondiale', the Journal of Belgian History (from 1969) and the 'Bijdragen tot de Eigentijdse Geschiedenis'/'Cahiers d'Histoire du Temps présent' (BEG/CHTP, 1996-2011).
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