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.


Resistance History Network

Resistance History Network

The Resistance History Network is a new network of academics. We want to pool the knowledge of basic historical research at Belgian academic institutions and universities. We also want to draw attention to all the research work that has already been done.


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
The Belgian Government's return from London, 8 September 1944, photo no. 220653, CegeSoma, RTBF Collections.

September 1944: Belgium is liberated. What next ?

After the liberation of Belgium in early September 1944, the country had to rebuild and faced new challenges. Five speakers will tell us about lesser known topics from this period of our history. These talks will be given in...Read more

30/08 2024

Pathways to Empire? Belgian Global Expansion 1830 - 1930

On September 11-13, 2024, KU Leuven and CegeSoma/State Archives of Belgium will host an international conference on the interrelated themes of imperialism and Belgian expansionism. The conference explores the theoretical and...Read more

11/09 2024 to 13/09 2024

Changing Perspectives on Resistance during the Second World War

From 18 to 20 September 2024 , the Department of History of the University of Antwerp will host an international conference on the history of resistance during the Second World War, exploring its conceptual and methodological...Read more

18/09 2024 to 20/09 2024