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

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

Almost eighty years after the end of the Second World War and after the resistance to the fascist and nazi occupiers emerged from its shadows, this conference aims to unite the wealth of perspectives and insights generated by...Read more

18/09 2024 to 20/09 2024