The Quetelet Center for Quantitative Historical Research is an interfaculty and interdisciplinary service centre that offers advice and expertise on the use of historical data that can be studied statistically or in map form.

Researchers from all disciplines and the general public can come to us with questions about the use of quantitative and quantifiable sources on Belgium's past.

In the spotlight

STREAM / BLOG POST / JUNE 2022

Nowadays, the flower market of Ghent, the bird market of Antwerp and the antiques market of Tongeren are mainly tourist attractions, but where could one go in the past for the weekly market? In the previous blog post, Wouter Ronsijn (UGent) showed how many markets were held in the county of Flanders during the early modern period. In this month’s contribution we learn where markets used to be organised and how this pattern evolved over time.

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STREAM / BLOG POST / MAY 2022

The Ghent flower market celebrates its 250th anniversary this year and is probably the oldest flower market in Flanders. Apparently, flowers were first sold on Ghent’s Kouter square by the horticulturalist Toontje Verstuyft in 1772 on the first Sunday in June. Wouter Ronsijn (UGent) has used the STREAM database to reconstruct the development of weekly markets in the county of Flanders between ca. 1550 and 1800. Where could people go? And on which days?“

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LOKSTAT / PUBLICATION / APRIL 2022

The modernisation of society from the 19th century onwards was not without its problems. In cities, they led to tensions between population groups who wanted to make their ideas dominant through street protests and violence. In a recently submitted doctoral dissertation, historian Martin Schoups examines these actions in the city of Antwerp between 1884 and 1936 and shows which fault lines lay at the basis of them. For this, he used among other things contextual data from LOKSTAT. 

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LOKSTAT / PUBLICATION / MARCH 2022

Which plants grew in the East Flanders countryside two centuries ago? How is the wild flora today compared to that time? Biologist Katrijn Vannerum and historian Thijs Lambrecht (UGent) investigated the development of plant diversity using the herbarium of Charles Van Hoorebeke and consulted LOKSTAT.

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