Arenberg Foundation

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Report of the meeting of the scientific committee of the Arenberg Foundation, May 24th, 2014, 10-12.30, 6-8 av. de l’Yser, B-7850 Enghien (short version)

Present : Minister of State Mark Eyskens, H.S.H duke of Arenberg, H.S.H princess Marie-Gabrielle of Arenberg, dr. Bertrand Goujon, prof. dr. Paul Demaret, dr. Marie Cornaz, prof. dr. Vincent Dujardin, dr. Claude de Moreau, prof. dr. Pierre Delsaert, prof. dr. Jean-Marie Duvosquel, dr. Peter Neu, prof. dr. Martin Wrede, mrs Lieve Bické, mr. Guy Lernout, mrs Isabelle Vanden Hove
Absent after notifying : H.R.H dom Duarte, duke of Bragança, prof. dr. James Collins, count Olivier de Luppé

  1. The report of last meeting (May 25th, 2013) has been approved.
  2. New members of the committee : prof. dr. Pierre Delsaert (University of Antwerp), dr. Bertrand Goujon (maître de conférences/University of Reims), prof. dr. Martin Wrede (University Freiburg/Grenoble).
  3. Directors Lieve Bické and Guy Lernout as well as Isabelle Vanden Hove report about the activities of the foundation of the past year : number of visitors (47 researchers for 147 visits). Participation to the exhibition « Iron ore and mining at the time of the Arenbergs in the Eifel » (september-november 2013). Restoration of Archives in collaboration with the company De Tienschuur (Tilburg) and mrs Charles. The director of the State Archives in Düsseldorf/Duisburg has brought back a first series of old documents, the second and third series being on their way in the coming weeks. Proposal : describe the content of the series of the 18th century. Dr. Wolf-Rüdiger Schleidgen has declared that he would do it. We are going to publish his work as we already have published the inventory of dr. Rengers before.
  4.  Finances : the expenses are increasing due to the costs of a third part-time employee, the publications of books and the start of two new projects (Drones Club, College of Europe).
  5. Website : Our website has been consulted 12.500 times in 2013.  The most visited pages are the pages in English as well as the pages in French about the Gotha. Most visitors come from Europe and USA. More an more people use their smartphones and tablets to consult the site.  Question : how could we entice people to consult more our agenda/activities. Proposal : offer our books thru Amazon and/or Proxis. – to be realized soon.
  6. Publications :

Dr. Peter Neu, « Margarethe von der Marck, eine gefürstete Gräfin als Geschäftsfrau und Händlerin in einer Zeit grosser Umbrüche, Enghien, 2013, 205 pages. Short presentation by dr. Neu.
Prof. dr. Claude-Isabelle Brelot and dr. Bertrand Goujon, « La Maison d’Arenberg en France », fifth book of the series. Short presentation by dr. Bertrand Goujon. Publication planned for 2015.
Dr. William Godsey, « Die Arenberger in der K.u.K Monarchie, Österreich, Böhmen-Mähren und Norditalien », sixth and last book of the series. Report of her research by dr. Veronika Hyden-Hanscho. Publication planned for 2016.
Prof. dr. Jacques Paviot, « Une histoire inédite des Croisades du XVIème siècle. Le rouleau d’Arenberg » en collaboration avec la Société des Bibliophiles François. Report by prof. Jacques Paviot. Publication planned for 2014 or 2015.

  1. Music : Chamber music concert in Lauenen on February 15th, 11th edition. Report by Duke of Arenberg. The idea of producing music with our musical archives (C.D’s) remains but its execution is difficult because of the financial problems of the music industry. Dr. Marie Cornaz reports about the discovery and purchase for the National Library of a short opera « Le retour du plaisir » written at the occasion of the arrival of duke Leopold-Philip of Arenberg in Mons (Bergen). She is going to try to produce this opera at the occasion of the celebration of « Mons, cultural capital 2015 ».
  2. Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Europe : Prize Award in Groningen (Netherlands) in may. The laureate was not present but met the duke a bit later, namely on June 26th. In presence of Dr. Inge Knudsen.
  3. Arenberg prizes for history 2014 : The Prize Award will take place at the palace of academies on November 14th. The scientific committee also met on the same day. There were seven books and more than ten studies. The prize for general History went to Christopher Clark for his best-seller «  The sleepwalkers ». In this book, Clark explains the causes of the first World War. The prize for regional History went to Sander Berghmans for his work « Een studie van de heerlijke inkomsten en uitgaven in de 17de en de 18de eeuw ; de bezittingen van de hertogen van Arenberg in het land van Edingen en het prinsbisdom Rebecq (masterproef, Gent 2012-2013).
  4. New Prize : Prof. dr. Paul Demaret presents the Prize and its objectives. It concerns studies about federal systems in Europe seen in a historical and comparative perspective. Priority is given to master and doctoral studies. The candidates have to apply before September 30th. International jury. Prize Award : 5.000 Euros to be paid fifty-fifty at the ceremony and later at the moment of publication. First award : late spring 2015.

  5. New project : Arenberg Trophy 2015

On May 25th, first oldtimer rally in collaboration with the Drones Club, Aarschot. Purpose of the Arenberg Trophy is to unite former the former Seigneuries of the old duchy of Aarschot, namely Aarschot, Bierbeek, Heverlee en Rotselaer. Departure at castle Schoonhoven and return to  Aarschot. Later other territories where the House of Arenberg had an influence could become part of the rally as well. For instance : Aremberg (Eifel), Arenberg-Wallers (France), Beveren, Enghien/Edingen, Neufchâteau, Zevenbergen (Netherlands). By doing so, we’ll unite people with their history. The collaboration of local authorities and of local associations is of great importance.

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New project : Seminar in Berlin
On September 17th, the German Arenberg Foundation and the Deutsche Stifterverband, Essen-Heidhausen will organize a seminar about the small and medium-sized companies in a historical perspective. The purpose of this seminar is to allow people to think about wealth creation in the long term. And this exercice will be base on practical business examples.

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New project about Europe and the House of Arenberg as an example of European family in collaboration with the two royal Belgian Academies. The presidents of those Academies, prof. Hervé Hasquin and prof. Géry d’Outryve d’Ydewalle haven given their support. The speakers are going to address « Multiculturalism, yesterday and today ». Professors Jo Tollebeek and Philippe de Schoutheete have accepted to participate as well.

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New project : «European biographies»
In collaboration with a University, the Arenberg Foundation is thinking about a series about exceptional individuals who are not known by a large public but who set examples for the young people from all parts of Europe. A first book about an inspiring Alpinist – because he is still climbing at 92 ! -  has been written so far : « Marcel Remy, un pas de plus ».

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Project about the correspondence between Mirabeau – Auguste de La Marck
The Arenberg Archives has a collection of letters of Mirabeau. These letters could be published and presented if possible in Paris.

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Project : Exhibition and/or seminar about Belgian small and medium size companies with bank ING (Brussels).

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Project : Exhibition with museum « M » in Leuven.
Our president, Minister of State Mark Eyskens, proposes to organize an important exhibition about Arenberg and Europe in 2019. The idea would be to show important art pieces from the Arenberg collection. We have to give some thoughts to a theme that could interest a broad public.

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Varia : next meeting : Saturday, May 30th, 2015, 10.30
 


Report of the meeting of the scientific committee of the Arenberg Foundation, May 25th, 2013, 10-12.30 pm, 6-8 av. de l’yser, B-7850 Enghien

Present: Minister of State Mark Eyskens, H.S.H Duke of Arenberg, dr.Marie Cornaz, prof. J.M Duvosquel, dr. Claude de Moreau de Gerbehaye, mr. Denis Morsa, prof. Jan Roegiers.
Absent after notitying:  H.R.H dom Duarte, duke of Bragança, H.S.H prince Henry of Arenberg, count Olivier de Luppé, prof. Vincent Dujardin, dr. Peter Neu.

  1. The report of the last meeting (May 12th 2012) has been approved.
  2. New member of the committee: prof. dr. Paul Demaret, dean of the College of Europe – prof. dr. Michael Gehler. (Hildesheim/Innsbruck) becomes member of the committee of the prizes duke of Arenberg for history.
  3. Directors Lieve Bické and Guy Lernout report about the activities of the foundation for the past year: number of visitors (41 persons for 106 visits) ; website consultancy : 13.374 times ; participation to the exhibition about « Antoine Watteau », conference about China-Europe (November 28th 2012), prizes duke of Arenberg for history, Arenberg Coimbra Group prize (May 30th 2012), visit of the directors to two workshops in Holland (de Tiendschuur, Tillburg and Hoogduin, Delft) where archives are restored. Acquisition of documents related to Arenberg from the archives of the city  of Brussels (thanks to prof. Duvosquel) and discovery of the oldest documents concerning Arenberg in Düsseldorf (thanks to dr. Neu).
  4. H.S.H duke of Arenberg discusses the Arenberg foundation finances
  1. Publications:

Prof. dr. Claude-Isabelle Brelot and dr. Bertrand Goujon: „ La Maison d’Arenberg en France“, fifth book of the series. Report duke of Arenberg
Dr. William Godsey/prof. Michael Gehler: „ Die Arenberger in der K.u.K Monarchie, Österreich, Böhmen-Mähren and North Italy“, sixth book of the series. Report: duke of Arenberg
Michael W. Serruys: „The dukes of Arenberg“ : seventh book and summary in English of the family history. Report: Michael W. Serruys.

  1. Music: Chamber music concert in Lauenen (Bernese Oberland) LCCA, 10th edition, on February 23d. Report: duke of Arenberg. Dr. Marie Cornaz reports about a possible joint-venture with Paul Boucher, musical director of the duke of Buccleuch.
  2. Arenberg conferences for history

2nd Arenberg conference for history : Arenberg foundation in collaboration with the university of Groningen about : « Sound (Sund) Tolls Registers on line, early modern trade and transport », (baltic sea) in october 2012. Report : Michael W. Serruys.
3nd Arenberg conference for history  : Arenberg foundation in collaboration with the „ Deutsches Historisches Institut, Paris“ about « nobilities and nations » on May 23d, 2013. Program : http://www.arenbergcenter.com/nl/foundation/agenda/index.ht.ml

  1. Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Europe : Prize award took place in Galway, Ireland on May 23d. Nearly all 20 candidates, came from the scientific field.
  2. Arenberg prizes for history 2014 : probably on november 26-27-28. Report: director Lieve Bické
  3. Prize College of Europe – Arenberg foundation: new prize award to further the studies of federal systems in Europe. Report: duke of Arenberg
  4. Restoration of the so-called parchments/old charts of the Low countries in collaboration with the Archives of North Rhine Westphalia, Düsseldorf and Rhineland-Palatinate, Koblenz. Report : duke of Arenberg
  5. Digitalisation of the Arenberg archives : report of director Lernout and duke of Arenberg
  6. Planned conferences/debates:

Berlin: „Quadriga Debatte“ in collaboration with the german „ Stifterverband“: „Europe, wohin willst Du gehen ?“, Berlin, Brandenburger Tor, June 10th, 2013. Report: duke of Arenberg
Brussels:  Débat „ Union Européenne – Republica Federativa do Brasil: un partenariat pour le futur ?“ – to be confirmed
Other projects :

  1. Study of scroll from the middle ages describing the crusades in collaboration with the Société des Bibliophiles François. Presentation on November 15th, 2013 at the Institut de France by prof. Jacques Paviot. A book is in planning and will be presented either at the Institut de France or at the French Academy.
  2. New book about ‘’ Margarethe von der Marck, a princess from the renaissance and her business activities ’’ 205 pages, Dr. Peter Neu. Report : duke of Arenberg.
  3. New book about ‘’ Arenberg 1894-1930 ‘’, Dr. Peter Neu. Report: duke of Arenberg.
  4. New book  “Palace Arenberg“. Report: Guido Bral.
  5. Presentation of the new book of mr. Xavier Duquenne by himself: „A trip of the blind duke Louis-Engelbert to Italy in 1791“.
  6. Presentation of the excavations in Neufchâteau (Arenberg – von der Marck castle) by dr. Claude de Moreau de Gerbehaye.
  7. Project exhibition library/museum Leuven 2017-2018. Report minister of State Mark Eyskens.
  8. Miscellaneous: next meeting on May 24th, 2014

 

 


 

Report of the meeting of the scientific committee of the Arenberg foundation, May 12th, 2012, 10-12.30 pm, 6-8 av. de l’Yser, B-7850 Enghien

Present : Minister of State Mark Eyskens (chairman), H.S.H duke of Arenberg, dr. Marie Cornaz, prof. dr. Vincent Dujardin, prof. Jean-Marie Duvosquel, dr. Claude de Moreau, prof. dr. Jan Roegiers, mrs Lieve Bické (report)

Absent after notifying : H.S.H prince Henry of Arenberg, H.S.H prince Etienne of Arenberg, H.R.H duke of Bragança, professor James Collins, mr Guy Lernout, count Olivier de Luppé, prof. dr. Lorenz Mikoletzky, dr. peter Neu

  1. The report of the last meeting (28 may 2011) has been approved.

  2. Director Lieve Bické gives a report of the professional activities of both directors.

  3. H.S.H duke of Arenberg discusses the Arenberg foundation finances.

  4. Books :

Prof. Jean-Marie Duvosquel : On december 14th, 2011, the book ‘La Maison d’Arenberg en Wallonie, à Bruxelles et au Grand-Duché de Luxembourg’ was presented to the public at the National Archives, Brussels. On may 10th, another presentation took place in Liège in presence of mayor Demeyer and later at the ‘Cercle Littéraire’.

Prof. Claude-Isabelle Brelot et dr. Bertrand Goujon : ‘ La Maison d’Arenberg en France’ is the fifth book of the series. The format will be identical and there will be as many illustrations as in the other books. Professor Brelot stayed one week at the foundation to research for this project. She intends to write about several dukes and properties. The French branch of the family will be described at length. This book will include +- 350 pages and is expected to be published in 2013-4.

Prof. dr. Lorenz Mikoletzky : ‚ Die Arenberger in der K.u.K Monarchie, Österreich, Böhmen-Mähren und Norditalien‘. This project is lagging behind but some work has been done.



Mr. Michael W. Serruys : ‚The dukes of Arenberg‘. This book will differ somewhat from the other books of the series, insofar as the author will try a fresh approach and summarize a millenary family history. The book will consist of two hundred pages and will be distributed by the university press , University of Leuven. Presentation on november 23d, 2012 at the palace of Academies, Brussels.

  1. Music : Dr. Cornaz presents the CD ‘Vivaldi new discoveries’ with the two arias discovered in the Arenberg archives and sung by Ann Hallenberg. Interesting contacts have been made, first with mrs Louise Stein concerning an opera by Scarlatti and secondly with mr Paul Boucher in charge of the musical archives of the dukes of Buccleuch. Concerts are planned for the coming years and there have been informal conversations.

  2. Arenberg Conference for History : In october 2011, the first Arenberg Conference for History took place in Amsterdam. There were fifteen participants. The partners of the Arenberg foundation were the University of Amsterdam and the foundation de Moffarts. A summary has been published. For the coming years, the planning looks as follows :

  • Michael W. Serruys : Second ‚Arenberg Conference for History‘ in collaboration with the University of Groningen about ‚Sound toll registers on line, early modern trade and transport‘ in october 2012.

  • Dr. Martin Wrede : Third ‚Arenberg Conference for History‘ in collaboration with the ‚Deutsches Historisches Institut‘, Paris about „Nobility and Nation“ in may 2013.

  • Michael W. Serruys : Fourth ‘Arenberg Conference for History’ in october 2014, possibly about the navigation on the river Scheldt.

  1. European Prize Arenberg Coimbra 2012 : This prize will be awarded on may 30th, 2012 in Göttingen and the laureate is a young student from Hungary, Julia Töth-Czifra.

  2. History Prize „duke of Arenberg“ 2012 : Prize award on november 23d, 2012 in the palace of Academies. The meeting of the scientific committee has taken place on May, 12th. The prize for general history will be awarded to Emiel Lamberts for ‘Het gevecht met Leviathan’. Een verhaal over de politieke ordening in Europa 1815-1965, editor Bert Bakker, 428 pages, 2011. The prize for regional history will be awarded to Peter Winzen for ‚Im Schatten Wilhelms II, Bülow und Eulenburgs Poker und die Macht im Kaiserreich‘, S.H Verlag 2011.

  3. Restoration of the so-called parchments/old charts of the Low Countries in collaboration with the Archives of North Rhine Westphalia, Düsseldorf and Rhineland-Palatinate, Koblenz. An expert is busy working on their description, restoration and digitalisation. We hope to be finished in 2014.

  4. Digitalisation of the Arenberg archives in collaboration with a specialized company Diadeis. Professor Roegiers gives a summary about the second meeting that took place in Leuven. The digitalisation of old documents is a tricky job and doesn’t solve the problem of inventorisation, conservation and stocking. It seems important to plan for the long term. Explanations are given regarding different systems, among other the system ROSETTA. Another meeting is scheduled to choose the documents that will be digitalised.

  5. Leuven International Forum on june, 1st : Minister of State Mark Eyskens and duke of Arenberg are going to present the Arenberg foundation.

  6. Conferences : China (28.11) and Russia (12.12) : to be confirmed.

  7. Study of a a rol from the middle ages describing the crusades in collaboration with the ‘Société des Bibliophiles François’, Paris.

  8. Palace Egmont-Arenberg : there is a book project with the Mercator fund and an exhibition project with the ministry of foreign affairs ; Guido Bral reports.

  9. Book about ‘Van broek naar dijckagie. 500 jaar geschiedenis van de polders’ with prof. Soens, mrs Monika Triest and mr Guido Van Poucke. There will be a chapter about Arenberg.

  10. Archeological excavations in Neufchâteau (former Arenberg – de La Marck castle); dr. Claude de Moreau reports.

  11. New prize ‘Auguste d’Arenberg – Franz von Arenberg ‘ in collaboration with the College of Europe in Bruges. The first prize should be awarded in the fall of 2013.

  12. Exhibition project at the „M“ museum in Leuven about ‚Arenberg and Europe‘ in 2017-8.

  13. Dr. Xavier Duquenne has prepared a manuscript about the travellings of blind duke Louis-Engelbert in Italy in 1791. This book will be published in 2013. 

  14. Dr. Peter Neu is working on a biography about Margarethe de La Marck and her business activities. The manuscript will be ready in the next quarter.

  15. Next meeting : Saturday, may 25th, 2013, 10 am.

 

Report of the meeting of the Scientific committee of the ACA, May 28, 2011

Present: Minister Prof. M. Eyskens (chairman), HSH Prince Leopold of Arenberg, Prof. J. Roegiers, Prof. V. Dujardin, Dr. P. Neu, Mrs. L. Bické, Mr. G. Lernout, Mr. M-W. Serruys (report)

Absent after notifying: HRH Duke of Braganza, HSH Prince Henri of Arenberg, HSH Prince Étienne of Arenberg, Count O. de Luppé, Prof. J. Collins, Prof. J-M. Duvosquel, Prof. L. Mikoletzky, Dr. C. de Moreau de Gerbehaye.

  1. The report of the last meeting (June 5, 2010) has been approved.
  2. HSH Prince Leopold of Arenberg explained the workings of the newly created Arenberg Foundation (AF).  There are three reasons why the AF was called into existence:
    1. Less formalities, more efficiency.
    2. A vzw (Vereniging zonder winstoogmerk) or an asbl (Association sans but lucratif) have no meaning outside of Belgium.  Being internationally active, the AF needs a structure which is also recognized outside this country.
    3. The new structure not only has the possibility to bring out its activities (conferences, debates, awards, concerts, etc.) towards a larger audience, but it also has the possibility – if necessary – to present the activities of the Studium arenbergensis and the ACA.
  3. Dr. Marie Cornaz has been accepted unanimously as one of its new members by the Scientific committee because of her outstanding competences.
  4. The directors of the ACA, L. Bické and G. Lernout, and vice-director M-W. Serruys, have given a report of their professional activities from June 2010 to May 2011.  The following activities have been discussed:
    1. Visit of International association of bibliophiles, Enghien, October 2, 2010.
    2. Symposium European Union – Russian Federation, Brussels, November 5, 2010.
    3. Award Duke of Arenberg, Brussels, November 5, 2010.
    4. Concert in the BOZAR, Brussels, December 22, 2010.
    5. Arenberglunch in restaurant le Vieux Cèdre, Enghien, May 28, 2011.
    6. Maintenance of both houses, situated Rue de l’Yser, 6-8, Enghien.
    7. Welcoming and helping researchers in the archives (42 persons in 2011, 46 persons in 2010).
    8. The AF’s website has been consulted 14,352 times between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011.  This is an increase of 8% since last year.
    9. The AF’s staff helped several writers with their publication, e.g. La Maison d’Arenberg en Wallonie – Bruxelles – Grand-Duché de Luxembourg.
    10. Participated in organising expositions, e.g. Grote madammen, Ghent).
    11. Restoration and re-organising the archives.
    12. Organising the 1st Arenberg Conference for History in Amsterdam, October 2011.
  5. HSH Prince Leopold of Arenberg discussed the AF’s finances.  The costs were extremely high last year (personnel, maintenance, new publications).
  6. There are five new books in the pipeline:
    1. Serruys, Michael-W.: The Dukes of Arenberg: Short English synthesis, to be published in December 2011.
    2. Duvosquel, Jean-Marie and Morsa, Denis: La Maison d’Arenberg en Wallonie – Bruxelles – Grand-Duché de Luxembourg: Synthesis of the presence of the House Arenberg in French speaking Belgium and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, to be published in autumn 2011, according to Mr. D. Morsa.
    3. Rousseau, Jacques: Robert III de la Marck, Sire de Floranges 1492-1536: biographie, because of personal reasons this publication has been put on hold momentarily.
    4. Brelot, Claude-Isabelle: La Maison d’Arenberg en France: Synthesis of the presence of the House Arenberg in France.  This project has not been started yet.
    5. Mikoletzky, Lorenz: Die Arenberger in der KuK Monarchie: Synthesis of the presence of the House Arenberg in the Habsburg empire.  This project has not been started yet.
  7. Mrs. Marie Charles has explained the restoration of several documents from the music archives.  This restoration was made possible thanks to a subsidy given by the Fondation Roi Baudouin.  Marie Charles briefly explained how she took care of these documents.
  8. HSH Prince Leopold of Arenberg has given the Coimbra award to Francesco Lubian, University of Padova, May 26, 2011.
  9. 300 charts are being restored by Mr. Hofmann, Düsseldorf.
  10. Different activities are being prepared by HSH Prince Leopold of Arenberg, e.g.:
    1. A lunch-debate entitled ‘Le fédéralisme suisse’, November 16, 2011.  Pascal Couchepin (former Swiss president in 2003 en 2008) will be invited.
    2. A lunch/diner-debate series is being put together, entitles ‘Soirées russes’.  It is a joint activity with ambassador D. Rogozin (representative of the Russian Federation with the NATO).  The purpose is to bring Russia and the European Union closer to each other.  This event will take place on December 15, 2011.
    3. On November 23, 2012, there will be a symposium European Union – China.
  11. It is the aim to organise several Vivaldi-concerts in Paris and Lisbon.  There are perhaps also some possibilities to organise these concerts in Luxembourg and Venice.  Some thoughts should be given to publish a CD with this music.

 


 

Minutes of the meeting of the scientific committee of the Arenberg Archives and Cultural Centre (AACC), 5th of June 2010, Enghien/Edingen

Scientific committee:

Present: Minister of State Mark Eyskens (President), H.S.H prince d’Arenberg, Prof. Vincent Dujardin, Prof. Jean-Marie Duvosquel, Dr. de Moreau de Gerbehaye, Mrs Lieve Bické, Mr. Guy Lernout, Directors

Absent: HRH Duke of Bragança, Prince Henry d’Arenberg, Prince Etienne d’Arenberg, Count de Luppé, Prof. J. Collins, Prof. Mikoletzky, Dr. Neu

1. The previous year’s report of May 30th,  2009 is approved.

2.  The AACC Directors, Mrs Lieve Bické and Mr Guy Lernout present their activities for the past year. They give explanations about contacts with visitors, the participation to three exhibitions, the restoration  and classification of books and archives.

3.   Dr. Wolf-Rüdiger Schleidgen has resigned from the committee for professional reasons.

4.   Prince d’Arenberg explains the financial situation of the AACC

5.    Activities and projects

  • La Maison d’Arenberg et la musique : the book of Dr. Marie Cornaz is ready and should be published in the coming weeks by Brepols. A CD project is under discussion.
  • La Maison d’Arenberg dans les anciens Pays-Bas, Belgique romane et Grand-Duché de Luxembourg : Professor Jean-Marie Duvosquel and Mr Denis Morsa are bringing to an end the search for illustrations and work on the index.  The book is going to be published in the fall 2010 or in the spring 2011.
  • Prince d’Arenberg informs about the book of Mr. Jacques Rousseau concerning “Robert III de La Marck, Sire de Floranges 1492-1536”.
  • La Maison d’Arenberg en France : Professor Claude-Isabelle Brelot gives explanations about the progress made by historians working on the book.
  • History Prizes “Duke d’Arenberg” : the Prizes will be awarded on Friday, November 5th in the Palace of Academies, Brussels. At that occasion, the Arenberg Foundation, Enghien will organize a Symposium  “Russian Federation – Europe, a partnership for the future ?” in collaboration with the Universities of Leuven, of Louvain and the Belgian-Russian Chamber of commerce. Russian Ambassador to NATO Dimitri Rogozine will make a speech. There will be an exhibition jointly organized by the Arenberg Foundation, the Royal Belgian National Archives (AGRB) and the University of Leuven.
  • Arenberg-Coimbra : the Prize for European Excellency has been awarded to the laureate in Brussels on June the 3d
  • The musical ensemble La Cetra d’Orfeo will give a concert on Sunday 13 of June, 11 am in Bornem and will play some pieces coming from the archives of the Dukes d’Arenberg.
  • Old parchments from the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and the XVII Provinces will be restored in collaboration with the Arenberg Foundation, Essen, the Archives of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinat.
  • The Arenberg Foundation, Enghien and the ‘Société des Bibliophiles François’ will join forces to publish in Paris a remarkable document dating from the early 13th century about the crusades; this document has already been studied by the famous French medieval specialist, Philippe Contamine

6. Varia: nothing  

The President thanks Prince d’Arenberg, the Directors of AACC and all the members of the committee. Next meeting will take place on Saturday, May 28th 2011.


 

Minutes of the meeting of the scientific committee of the Arenberg Archives and Cultural Centre (AACC), 30th of May 2009, Enghien-Edingen

Scientific committee :

Present:

Minister of State, Prof. Dr. Mark Eyskens (president)
H.S.H Prince Leopold d’Arenberg
Prof. Dr. James Collins
Prof. Jean-Marie Duvosquel
Dr. Claude de Moreau de Gerbehaye
Prof. Dr. Jan Roegiers

Mrs. Lieve Bické
Mr. Guy Lernout
Mrs. Sara Roegiers

Absent:

H.R.H Duke of Bragança
H.S.H Prince Henri d’Arenberg
H.S.H. Prince Etienne d’Arenberg
Dr. W-R Schleidgen
Dr. Peter Neu
Count Olivier de Luppé
Prof. Dr. Mikoletzky

  1. The previous year’s report of 10 May 2008 is approved
  2. H.S.H. Prince Leopold d’Arenberg briefly discusses the financial situation of the AACC. Expenses are on the rise: the enlargement of the staff, the maintenance of the buildings, the conservation of precious pieces and the iconographic collection. Nevertheless, the situation remains financially healthy. The situation of the Capuchin monastery in Enghien becomes a matter of discussion. The family would buy the historical part of the property if the Walloon Region would classify the building as historical monument. Prof. Duvosquel proposes to seek information on the apparent ‘status quo’ of the classification file.
  3. Appointment of new members: the candidacy of Prof Vincent Dujardin, UCL, is unanimously approved by the committee. The Duke of Bragança asks to become an associate member.
  4. Sara Roegiers presents her current activities:
    • new website, presented in 4 languages;
    • conservation of the photographic collection;
    • book project: about the history of the dukes d’Arenberg in English. There are texts at hand but they have to be edited. The illustrations should be numerous and accompanied by their own text, so as to complement the main text. A historical map of Europe should also be added..
  1. Hans Baeté presents his book about the history of the forests of Heverlee and Meerdaal, “Miradal”, due to appear in the fall of 2009.
  2. Marquis de Trazegnies presents, “Le Lis et le Sanglier”, with great erudition. It is a book about the Principality of Liège and the family de la Marck in the 15th Century, which was researched by Prince Leopold and has been presented in Sedan, Liège and Paris.
  3. Marie Cornaz presents her book “La Maison d’Arenberg et la Musique”, to appear in 2009. At the present moment, illustrations are being collected. The audio CD is close to completion, the pieces have been chosen, among others : Vivaldi, Nicola Porpora and Händel. Certain pieces were discovered anew, having been forgotten for centuries. The musicians are Dolce et Tempesta; singers are: Stefano Demichelli, Roberta Invernizzi, Marina De Liso.
  4. Books to be published:
    • Prof. Duvosquel and D. Morsa present the latest news regarding “La Maison d’Arenberg dans les anciens Pays-Bas, Belgique Romane et Grand-Duché de Luxembourg”. Almost all texts are finished. Next step: looking for illustrations.
    • Last status regarding the book by Prof. Brelot: Dr. Bertrand Goujon will write several chapters. A meeting will take place with Professor Dr. Mikoletzky in Vienna on june 26th about the book about ‘Arenberg in der K.u.K Monarchie’
  1. The Arenberg-Coimbra Prize will be awarded on the 4th of June to a Danish student, by Prince Leopold d’Arenberg. There were 18 candidates this year.
  2. The annual reports of the activities of Guy Lernout and Lieve Bické, directors of the AACC are presented by Guy Lernout
  3. Varia
    • Plan: a colloquium on Russia. Contact the “Gorbachev Foundation”?
    • A series “The great Houses of Europe” with an editor from USA and a conference in Georgetown.
    • Agenda: next meeting: Saturday 5th of June 2010.

Minutes of the 10th May 2008 meeting of the scientific committee of the Arenberg Archives and Cultural Centre (AACC), Enghien/Edingen

Scientic committee :

Present :

Minister of State, Prof. Dr. Mark Eyskens (president)
Prof. Dr. Jan Roegiers
Prof. Jean-Marie Duvosquel
Dr. Claude de Moreau de Gerbehaye
Dr. Peter Neu
Mrs. Lieve Bické npo
Mr. Guy Lernout npo
Mrs. Sara Roegiers npo

H.S.H Prince Leopold d’Arenberg
H.S.H Prince Henry d’Arenberg

Apologies :

H.R.H Duke of Bragança
Prof . James Collins
Dr. W-R Schleidgen
Dr. Peter Neu
Comte Olivier de Luppé

  1. The previous year’s report of 12 May 2007 is approved
  2. The annual reports of the activities of Guy Lernout and Lieve Bické, directors of the AACC are presented by Guy Lernout
  3. H.S.H Prince Leopold briefly describes the financial situation and assures the members of the committee that funding is sufficient to support all activities ; H.S.H Prince Henry puts again the sponsoring to discussion.
  4. Sara Roegiers presents the projects she is taking care of, namely : new presentation of the website, photographic collection, other works of art
  5.  Publications :
    1.  Dr. Marie Cornaz informs about her book : ‘The House of Arenberg and the Music’ she  plans to write for a broad public in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Art of  Belgium.
    2. Prof. Duvosquel and Dr. Denis Morsa inform about their book : ‘The
           House of Arenberg in the Old Netherlands, Wallonia and Luxemburg’.
    3. H.S.H Prince Leopold refers about the progress of the publications of Mr Jacques Rousseau, Prof. Claude-Isabelle Brelot and Marquis de Trazegnies. Marquis de Trazegnies is going to publish about Willem de La Marck-Arenberg, 1445-1485, in the fall 2008.
  6. The Arenberg Prizes for History 2008 are going to be awarded on September 19th in the Palais des Académies, Brussels. Baron Frans Van Daele, Belgian Ambassador to NATO is going to give a conference about the Transatlantic Link, USA-Europe.
  7. H.S.H Prince Leopold has awarded the Arenberg Coimbra Prize in Brugge on May 5th. The Prize winner is a young Finnish student who wrote about the ‘Communità Sant’Egidio’.
  8. Website : see www.arenbergfoundation.eu
  9. Varia

Minutes of the 12th May 2007 meeting of the scientific committee of the Arenberg Archives and Cultural Centre (AACC), Enghien/Edingen

Scientific committee:

Present:
Minister of State, Prof. Dr. Mark Eyskens (president)
Prof. Dr. Jan Roegiers
Prof. Jean-Marie Duvosquel
Dr. Claude de Moreau de Gerbehaye
Dr. Peter Neu
H.S.H Prince Leopold d’Arenberg
H.S.H Prince Henry d’Arenberg
Mrs. Lieve Bické, A.C.A npo
M. Guy Lernout, A.C.A npo

Apologies:
H.R.H the Duke de Bragance
Prince de Broglie
Prof. Jim Collins

1. The previous year’s report of 27th May 2006 was approved

2. The annual reports of the activities of Guy Lernout and Lieve Bické, directors of the AA.CC were presented by Mr. Lernout and Mrs. Bické.

3. Prince Leopold d’Arenberg briefly described the financial situation of the AA.CC npo. H.S.H Prince Henry puts the sponsoring to discussion and suggests to organize concerts based on the Arenberg musical archives.

4. Prince de Broglie having resigned from the committee, Prince Leopold proposes the candidacy of Count Olivier de Luppé, Archives privées françaises. The committee accepts the proposal and thanks Count de Luppé for his availability.

5. Hans Baeté, researcher for the Flemish Community, gives a short conference (in English) about ‘ A history of the Meerdael and Heverlee forests’. A book about the two forests, sponsored by the ‘Davidsfonds’(Leuven), will be published end of 2008, beginning of 2009.

6. Books to be published
6.1 Prof. Duvosquel et Dr. Denis Morsa inform the committee about the book ‘ La Maison d’Arenberg dans les anciens Pays-Bas, Belgique romane et Grand-Duché de Luxembourg’. The book is ready ; what is still missing is the iconography. To be published somewhere in spring 2008. Information about the antique vase collection from the Arenberg palace has been discovered and the book will refer to it in one chapter.
6.2 Dr. Marie Cornaz prepares a book about ‘ the House d’Arenberg and music’. She speaks about her project ‘ Vivaldi concerts’, based on her discoveries in the archives.
6.3 Dr. Peter Neu presents his monumental work ‘Die Arenberger Frauen’ (380 pages) to the committee. This book was presented in Kerpen (Eifel) on September 9th, 2006. Dr. Neu is praised by his fellow members.
6.4 Prince Leopold summarizes the advancement of the projects of Jacques Rousseau, Prof. Claude-Isabelle Brelot, Marquis de Trazegnies.

7 Prince Henry explains the philosophy behind the new cultural project ‘Arenberg summer festival’. A prerequisite would be the involvement at an early stage of cities and cultural associations to make it happen.

8 Arenberg Coimbra prize : on May 31st, the first prize will be awarded in Turku (Finland). There were nine candidates for the prize, what can be considered a success. Prince Leopold will attend the first ceremony.

9 The website becomes more and more popular. Improvements and suggestions are welcome.

10 Varia
10.1 The president reads a letter from a project manager of the ‘Musée de l’Europe’ where he states that a cooperation with AA.CC is still considered.
10.2 Prizes ‘duke d’Arenberg’ 2008 and conference : discussion under way
10.3 Dr. Claude de Moreau de Gerbehaye gives some information about the progress made at the Belgian State Archives in regard to the classification of the Arenberg Archive Fund in Brussels (see French or Dutch versions for more details).

 


Minutes of the 27th May 2006 meeting of the scientific committee of the Arenberg Archives and Cultural Centre, Edingen.

Scientific committee

Present:

Government Minister, Prof. Dr. Mark Eyskens (president)
Prof. Jim Collins, Georgetown University, Washington D.C
Dr. Claude de Moreau of Gerbehaye, AGRB
Prof. Dr. Jan Roegiers, K.U.Leuven
Dr. Wolf-Rüdiger Schleidgen, NRW Staatsarchiv

H.S.H Prince Leopold d’Arenberg
H.S.H Prince Etienne d’Arenberg
Mrs. Lieve Bické, A.C.A npo
M. Guy Lernout, A.C.A npo

Apologies:

H.R.H the Duke de Bragance, Prince de Broglie, Prof. Duvosquel, Dr. Neu

1. The previous year’s report of 28th May 2005 was approved

2. The annual report of the activities of Guy Lernout and Lieve Bické, directors of the A.C.A npo, was presented by Madame Bické (see appendix 1)

3. H.S.H Prince Leopold d’Arenberg briefly described the financial situation of the A.C.A npo. The association’s sponsors are the Studium Arenbergense npo, the town of Enghien and the House d’Arenberg. The 2006 accounts only concern the running costs excluding exceptional expenses such as archive restoration and the publication of works.

4. Dr. Claude de Moreau gave a breakdown of the state of the Arenberg Collection, viewable at the AGRB (State Archives) in Brussels. The inventory was carried out on various occasions (Laloire, Sabbe, Coosemans, Vanrie) and is not coherent. For the moment, everything is described and secured. The administration of the possessions is carried out from Brussels. Three quarters of the Arenberg Archives are held in Belgium while the rest is scattered over several European countries. A discussion took place on the collaboration between European and American universities and the American support being given for the study of private collections which is to carried out by students paid piece-rate. It is still to be decided how this idea is to be implemented. Prince Leopold is to make contact with Prof. Jim Collins, Dr. Claude de Moreau, Prof. Roegiers and Dr. Schleidgen on the subject.

5. Books

5.1 M. Denis Morsa spoke about ‘The House of Arenberg in the Ancient Netherlands, Roman Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg’: the first part has been completed and consists of a translation of ‘Arenberg in de lage landen, Holland en Vlaanderen’, completed and updated by M. Morsa. The second part which deals with the history of the possessions is still to be finished. The third part has been completed. The iconography remains. Publication date : 2007

5.2 M. Jacques Rousseau being absent, Prince Leopold d’Arenberg presented the progress on his manuscript ‘The House of the Marck of Arenberg 1390-1592’ the first part of which is expected to be published in 2007.

5.3 Dr. Neu’s ‘Die Arenberger Frauen’, a fine work of 380 pages, will appear in the course of the summer and will be presented at Kerpen (Eifel) at the beginning of September.

5.4 The progress made on the works of professors Mikoletzky and Brelot was briefly mentioned.

6. Dr. Marie Cornaz has carried out a new inventory of the musical archives of the A.C.A npo. This inventory has been published in the Belgian Review of Musicology. She is preparing a presentation for a conference which will take place in Gothenburg and is working on her manuscript ‘Music and the House of Arenberg’. The A.C.A web site makes the details of the inventory available to the public and scores can be ordered directly.

7. A new cultural project, ‘Arenberg zomers’ initiated by Prince Henri d’Arenberg, could be initiated at the chateau of Heverlee. It would be a collaboration between the town of Leuven and the Catholic University of Leuven.

8. A new Arenberg-Coimbra prize will be awarded to a student of the Coimbra group, as part of the Erasmus programme, starting in 2007. The Coimbra group brings together 37 European universities and the prize is the result of a partnership between the A.C.A npo and the Coimbra group. The prize will be awarded every year, in a European country, from 2007. Professor Guido Langouche is the ‘spiritus rector’ of the project, initiated by the government minister Mark Eyskens.

9. Website : www.arenbergcenter.com is adapted according to needs and circumstances. This web site, needing a lot of work, is a way of developing new contacts. All remarks and observations are welcome.

10. Arenberg Prize: the prize-giving ceremony will take place at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels, Wednesday 13th September, 5pm; the President of the European Commission, Dr. José Manuel Barroso, will give a speech on ‘The Future of Europe’. There will also be a small exhibition organised by the AGRB, the K.U.Leuven and the A.C.A npo.





Minutes of the meeting on the 28th of May 2005 of the Scientific and Academic committee of the AACC not for profit association.

Present: Viscount Minister Prof. M. Eyskens (chairman), H.S.H. Prince Leopold d’ Arenberg, H.S.H. Prince Henri d’Arenberg, H.S.H. Prince Etienne d’Arenberg, Prof. C.-I. Brelot, Prof. J. Roegiers, Dr. C. de Moreau de Gerbehaye, Prof. J.-M. Duvosquel, Dr. P. Neu, Lieve Bické and Guy Lernout (minutes)

1. The minutes of the previous meeting dated the 8th of May 2004 were approved.

2. The annual report written by Lieve Bické and Guy Lernout, directors of the AACC, was commented by the last mentioned (see appendix 1)
In reaction to the first point, the chairman expressed the wish that the number of graduates could further increase before the presentation of their dissertations and that of doctoral candidates also increase before the presentation of their theses. A discussion followed about the accessibility of the archives. The meeting reached an important decision: before visiting, each candidate must give a precise description of her/his research and the documents to be consulted.

3. H.S.H. Prince Leopold d’Arenberg briefly discussed the AACC's financial situation. The AACC's sponsors are: the Studium Arenbergense, the city Edingen, the Arenberg Stiflung and the Arenberg family. There is still some finance available for a few projects.

4. Books pending

4.1. Prof. Duvosquel and Dr. D. Morsa on the publication of “La Maison d'Arenberg dans les anciens Pays-Bas, Belgique romane et Grand-Duché de Luxembourg”. The first part – a translation of chapters from “Arenberg in de Lage Landen” - has been type set and revised by D. Morsa. The first part is thus completely finished. Some contributions to the second part -the history of the crown lands – are still awaited. D. Morsa has filled in a significant lacuna: he has written an important article about “the principality of Liège”. D. Morsa has also proofread all the articles contributed for the second part He will finish his work in autumn 2006.

4.2. Mr. Jacques Rousseau was absent due to illness. He has finished a manuscript of around 80 pages.

4.3. Dr. P. Neu on “Die Arenberger Frauen”: There are 27 contributions in total. The final date for the delivery of the manuscripts has been postponed for a year. 11 contributions are still awaited at present. The book will be published next year.

4.4. Prof. C.-I. Brelot on “La Maison d'Arenberg en France”: We have not made much progress with this book yet. We know that Bertrand Goujon, a young doctoral candidate, will take care of some important contributions.

4.5. Dr. Marie Cornaz has finished a new inventory of the AACC's music archive (120 pages). This will appear in the ‘Revue belge de Musicologie’. At the moment she is preparing a lecture which she will give during the Colloquium in Paris. She also wants to publish a book on this subject. She has spoken to some publishers about it. Will the ‘Universitaire Pers Leuven’ be the final publisher? The following questions were asked: Would publishing some scores as well be a good idea? (There is a demand for it). Can we get any support from the King Baldwin foundation for this? Finally, will a special committee promote Dr. Marie Cornaz's book?

5. New projects

5.1. Website: www.arenbergcenter.com is finished. Nice website, which will be subject to a few adjustments. Comments are still welcome.

5.2. Museum of Europe: The president contacted Mrs. Spaak. There are two possibilities for the AACC: there could either a gallery or a wall display dedicated to the House of Arenberg. A temporary exhibition is another possibility.

5.3. Edingen Museum: Sadly nothing is moving.

5.4. Duke d’Arenberg -prizes for 2006 will be presented in the Arenberg/Egmont palace in Brussels with a conference , the presentation of Prof. Duvosquel's book and a small exhibition (in cooperation with the National Archives Belgium and the Catholic University of Leuven).

5.5. Arenberg-prize for Europe: The chairman thinks it is a good idea, although there are already a lot of prizes. 25,000 EUROs is a minimum at this level. The chairman proposed awarding a prize for young people, for instance students who join the Erasmus project. 12,500 EUROs seems a nice prize for a deserving student. Minister Eyskens is prepared to work out a more concrete proposal.

6. Varia: Prince Henri d’Arenberg says that the historical festival in Aremberg, Eifel, was a success. 500 to 600 people were present. Pictures of the festival can be seen on the website.



Minutes of the meeting of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation
Arenberg Archives and Cultural Centre (AACC) on 8th May 2004

Present: HSH Prince Leopold d'Arenberg, HSH Prince Henry d'Arenberg, HSH Prince Etienne d'Arenberg, Viscount Mark Eyskens (Chairman), Minister of State and former Prime Minister, Prof. J. Roegiers, Prof. J.-M. Duvosquel, Dr. C. de Moreau de Gerbehaye, Mr. Yves Delannoy, Mr. Guy Lernout as well as guests.
1. The minutes of the previous meeting on 31st May 2003 were approved.

2. Mr. Guy Lernout, director of the AACC, presented its annual report .

The Chairman said that the report and the work of the directors of the AACC, Mrs. Lieve Bické and Mr. Guy Lernout, were very positive. He proposed to post the text of the report on the Arenberg website.

The Chairman regretted that there were no dissertations for a university licence, based on the ducal records for the following year. He suggested that the professors present should compile a list of 5 topics which were worthy of attention by academia. There was also a discussion of the copies and photographs (digital) of old documents, replies to letters and emails and the searches needed to satisfy visitors.

3. HSH Prince Leopold of Arenberg explained the financial situation of the ACA. It had succeeded in obtaining financial support from the town of Enghien, the Studium Arenbergense asbl, the German Arenberg Foundation and the Arenberg family. New sponsors or patrons are still being sought. Under consideration are: the universities, the Fondation Roi Baudouin [King Baudouin Foundation], major institutions, the tourist sector, the European Parliament, etc.

4. Prof. Duvosquel and Mr. Morsa briefed the Committee on the book which was in preparation - "La Maison d'Arenberg dans les anciens Pays-Bas, Belgique romane et Grand-Duché de Luxembourg" [The House of Arenberg in the ancient Netherlands, Roman Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg]. The first part is ready. The second part, the history of the estates, is moving forward but there are difficulties. The iconography is different from the edition for Dutch speakers. Mr. Morsa had read all the drafts that had been sent to him and he had also revised the bibliography.

5. Mrs. Marie Cornaz explained - passionately - her project for the classification of the partitions of the Arenberg collection and her outline programme of work. She briefed Committee members on her task. The Chairman referred to this as a "fascinating and very important" task.

6. Mr. Jacques Rousseau, honorary Chairman of the Society for the History of Sedan, reported (with his usual enthusiasm) on his planned work dedicated to "L'Histoire de la Maison de La Marck" [The history of the House de La Marck].

7. HSH Prince Leopold d'Arenberg reported to the Scientific Committee on the potential collaboration of the AACC with the Museum of Europe, Brussels.

8. HSH Prince Henry briefed the Committee on a new project. This was to be an "historic festival" at Aremberg in the Eifel on 12th September 2004. Details would follow.


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