Reading Room – Changes in the Time Table

From November 2016, our reading room will be open without interruption from Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. This new time table corresponds with the one applied by our colleagues of the State Archives 2 in Brussels. This (small) diminution of our weekly opening times is also in line with the future policy of the State Archives with regard to the accessibility of its reading rooms.

CONFERENCES - When the Economy Guides our Thoughts

The two autumn conferences in CegeSoma will focus on the economic history of Belgium. On 16 November, Luis Angel Bernardo y Garcia (AGR) will shed light on the role of the Belgian state in the economic recovery of Belgium after the Second World War, in particular on the food policy. On 14 December, Kristof Smeyers (University College London) will talk about Belgium’s economic history since the First World War from a totally new perspective: was there a recovery in Belgium after the First World War or did the Belgian economy remain static from then on?

ARCHIVES - For a better quality of the digitized collections: the ADOCHS project

On November 1st 2016 the CegeSoma launches the ADOCHS project (Auditing Digitalization Outputs in the Cultural Heritage Sector) in collaboration with the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), VUB and ULB. This project is dedicated to the improvement of the quality control process concerning the digitized heritage collections. On the basis of written and iconographic sources, the team will develop methodological and technical tools needed to guarantee a control of the quality of the technical aspects and of the quality of the metadata. Anne Chardonnens is in charge of this project at the CegeSoma.

Coming Soon – A New Unique Source Edition on Occupation and Daily Life in Europe during WWII

The project ‘Societies under German Occupation – Experiences and Everyday Life in World War II’ wants to publish source editions that make the impact of the occupation on daily life for the different levels of the population, from Norway to Greece, and from France to the Soviet Union more tangible. This source edition offers a unique transnational perspective on a little studied topic. The hundreds of sources of the first series dedicated to supply and shortage have now been collected and commented in view of an imminent publication.