A brief history
In 1985, the Luxembourg Government acquired the house where Robert Schuman was born, which had previously been in private ownership. The importance of the house as a heritage site, not only for Luxembourg but also for France and the European Communities, was recognised.
It was during the premiership of Jacques Santer (after whom one of the rooms is now named) that the idea of turning the birthplace of Robert Schuman – celebrated as a founding father of the European Coal and Steel Community (see the Declaration of 9 May 1950) – into a place of memory began to take shape.
So it was decided that the Centre d’études et de recherches européennes Robert Schuman (Robert Schuman Centre for European Research – CERE), founded in 1990 by Professor Gilbert Trausch and inaugurated in May 1991, should be based at the Robert Schuman House. The CERE was set up to conduct research on the European integration process and to investigate Luxembourg’s role in this process. One of the rooms in the house now bears the name of Gilbert Trausch, in recognition of his contribution to the academic vocation of the building and his research on European history.
In July 2016, the CERE joined the University of Luxembourg, together with the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe, the Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur la Résistance and the Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur l’Enrôlement forcé. Since then, the University of Luxembourg has been responsible for the conservation of the Robert Schuman House. And it is the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) at the University of Luxembourg, which currently has the task of preserving this place of memory and bringing its historical significance to life.
Academic events and research activities continue to take place at the Robert Schuman House, at 4, rue Jules Wilhelm, and in the Robert Schuman Library, at 21, place Sainte Cunégonde, in the Clausen district of Luxembourg City.
The Robert Schuman House is a site that is open to Europe, Luxembourg and the university, a meeting place conducive to discovery and learning where everyone is welcome.