DIRECTORATE – New leadership for CegeSoma

Rudi Van Doorslaer has left the institution on 31 August 2016 to enjoy his well-earned retirement. During the appointment procedure for a new director, management of CegeSoma, now Operational Directorate 4 of the State Archives, has been entrusted to our colleague Dirk Martin, who has been in charge of the archives of the organisation for many years.

EXHIBITION – War in Short Pants, 14-18

On 14 October, the exhibition War in Short Pants, 14-18 opens in Ghent. It is the fruit of a collaboration between CegeSoma and the Historische Huizen Gent and shows that the First World War was not only a matter for soldiers but also mobilised children.

PUBLICATION - A renewed website

The website of the JBH – the journal of reference for Belgian contemporary history – has recently been renewed !
It is now possible to search all articles by keywords, by category or by thematic issue.
Browse the clear and user-friendly pages of the site and discover the second new thematic issue of this year dedicated to the Belgian Military History before 1914.
Enjoy the (re)discovery !

STUDY DAY - Young historians with talent!

On 14 October, CegeSoma will once more give the floor to young and talented historians who graduated in 2015, authors of Master theses concerning the two World Wars and their aftermaths. For this 11th edition, CegeSoma has chosen an original approach, the Pecha Kucha. Concise and rhythmic, this format combines academic rigour and a sense of oral and visual communication. The study day is open to everyone.

ARCHIVES - The Key to Information about Orphans of 1940-1945

Recently, CegeSoma acquired an archive holding with regard to war orphans. The Oeuvre royale nationale Les Enfants de la Patrie provided essential material and educational support during and after the Second World War. The organisation’s records mainly comprise individual files about each orphan – the key to discover the fate of these children !