11th National History Competition 2018 / 2019

For students from 8th to 12th grade

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"Childhood in history"

Childhood and adolescence are stages of life which everyone looks back on with a sense of nostalgia. Marked by play, learning, friendships, excitement and disappointments, this time period in our lives shapes our characters and worldviews. Childhood is a phase in our growth and maturing which is conditioned not only by our parents, relatives, teachers and friends, but also by the times we live in.

The early years comprise play and fun but also accumulation of knowledge and social skills. Education is an activity which, together with the family environment, marks our professional and personal development.  Education is influenced to a great extent by the socio-political life of the country and by specific ideological values.

The theme of the competition offers numerous research aspects. Your investigation can include the following thematic areas:

The teachers' workshop for the eleventh edition of the NHC is going to be on 19th and 20th April 2019.


Exploring your family history or the history of the place you are from, find examples related to the childhood in the past. 

Your research can focus on events or personal stories which can be viewed from different perspectives. The episodes you choose to examine can be of national importance but may also be important in the lives of smaller communities or even a single family. In order to conduct your research use family albums, public and personal archives, personal memories. Compare the accounts of contemporaries to the information found in the press, which often has propagandistic character. 

Ask your parents and grandparents to tell you about the time when they were young. They will be happy to share with you their most vivid memories of important events. Look for photographs, documents or objects related to this period of their lives.

Be curious not only about what happened but about how it has been remembered. Find little known facts, make contacts, and conduct interviews. Record them carefully and analyse them. The essence of research is not merely to accumulate facts and opinions, but to compare them, to check their validity and to subject them to critical analysis.

Your next step will be to study the material you have gathered, bearing in mind that the main aim of the assignment is to demonstrate how the connection between past and present is maintained. Compare the information about the past with life today. It is the present that determines how we see the past and what aspects of it are remembered, so, it might be the case that your accounts will concern both the past and the present. A large portion of what we remember is defined by what excites us and worries us today. Remembrance is a look at the past but it originates from the present and is charged with attitudes, interpretations, and judgments. This is why memory is multi-faced.

Do not forget that to remember is to evaluate. A memory is either happy or sad. This will determine a story about the past, especially if your sources are actual life events. In that way, your individual historical research can enable you to rediscover and enrich the memory of the nation and that of your own family.



  1. One 1st prize: 700 BGN;
  2. Two 2nd prizes: 400 BGN, each;
  3. Three 3rd prizes: 300 BGN, each;
  4. Four awards for tutors: 150 BGN, each;

Each participant receives an honorary diploma.

The prize winners have the opportunity to participate in international seminars, as well as in the EUSTORY Academies.

National History Competition is organized with the financial support of:



13 Centuries Bulgaria

and in co-operation with:

Ministry of Education and Science

State Agency “Archives” 

Department of Information and In-service Training of Teachers- Sofia

National Gallery

Balkan Ethnology Department to the Bulgarian Academy of Science