DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY


Sonya Penkova, PhD, AP

Contact
Phone: + 359-2-946-1805









Education and training

  • 2008 - PhD educational and academic degree in a scientific discipline “History of Bulgaria”
  • 2006 – Master’s degree in Finance, “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” University of Veliko Tarnovo
  • 1985 – Master’s degree in History, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
    - Administration and Art Management
    - Bulgarian Museums Management in Market Economy
    - Cultural Organizations Management

Professional experience

  • Since 2012 – Associate Professor of Social and Information
    Sciences in University of Library Studies
    and Information Technologies
  • Since 2010 – Director of the NMMH
  • 2001 – 2010 Deputy Director of the NMMH
  • 1995 – 2001 Head of “Funds and Restoration Workshop”
    Department in the NMMH
  • 1986 – 1995 Historian Curator in the NMMH

Membership

  • ICOM – International Council Museum, since 2008
  • ICOMAM – International Committee for Museums of Arms and
    Military History, since 2008
  • BAMH – Bulgarian Association of Military History, since 2002


  • Bulgarian Artists During World War I, Vol I. Publisher - National Museum of Military History. Sofia, 2015, 263 p.
  • Bulgarian Artists during World War I, Vol.II. Publisher - National Museum of Military History. Sofia, 2015, 166 p.
  • The Мuseum Network in Bulgaria: Last Тwenty Years (1889-2012). "East West", Sofia, 2012, 269 pp.
  • Co-author. Almanac of the Bulgarian Land Forces. Bulgarian infantry. Book 1. “Military History Heritage Foundation”, Sofia, 2012, 230 pp.
  • Military Museums of Bulgaria: the Mutual History of the Early Years. National Museum of Military History, Sofia, 2011, 324 pp.
  • For the Honor and the Glory of Bulgaria: Bulgarian Battle Flags. Studio "Vitamin art", Sofia, 2009, 224 pp.
  • Co-author. Bulgarian Bestseller. National Museum of the Bulgarian Book and Paper Printing
    Design and Mechanics, Sofia, 2004, 320 pp.
  • Co-author. Military Monuments in Bulgaria. Publishing House "Jurukov", Sofia, 2003, 304 pp.
  • Co-author. Archives Catalogue of the National Museum of Military History, Volume 1,
    Publishing Department of Ministry of Defense "St. George", Sofia, 1996, 392 pp.
  • Attempt to Identify Problems Related to Military Cultural Heritage Socialization. – In: Socialization of Bulgarian Cultural Heritage,
    Bulletin № 4, "Arete-Fol " Foundation, Sofia, 2011, pp. 93-101.
  • The State Cultural Policy During the Second World War and the Main Military Museum (1939 – September 1944). – In: National Security
    Strategy of the Republic of Bulgaria. Reports, Sofia, 2010, pp. 307 – 312.
  • Main Military Museum Exhibition Opening in 1937 – Military History Collection, 2008, Volume № 1, pp. 63 – 68.
  • Legal and Administrative Framework for the Military Museums in the Army During the Late 19th Century Until the Early 1930s. – Bulletin
    of the National Museum of Military History (NMМH), 2006, № 16, pp. 9 – 26.
  • The First World War and the Establishment of the Military History Museum. – Military History Collection, 2005, № 4, pp. 32 – 38.
  • Serbo-Bulgarian War and the First Red Cross Awards. – Military History Collection, 2005, № 4, pp. 32 – 38.
  • The First Ideas About Exhibition of the Military History Museum. – Military History Collection, 2004, № 3, pp. 72 – 89.
  • Bulgarian Military Museums. Unknown Treasure. – Military History Collection, 2004, № 2, pp. 63-69.
  • Bulgarian Military Museums. The National Museum of Military History – an Honorable 88-Year-Old History.
    - Military History Collection, 2004, № 1, pp. 37 – 42.
  • First Footsteps of the Military Museum Deed in Bulgaria and "Tsar Alexander II Liberator" Committee. – Bulletin of the National Museum
    of Military History, 2003, № 15, pp.78-120.
  • Ex Oriente lux. Attempt to Read Symbols of the Highest Insignia of the Bulgarian Kingdom. – Past, 2002, Book 2, pp. 67 – 73.
  • Bulgarian State Insignias Rewarding for Southern Dobrouja Restoration. – Bulletin of the National Museum
    of Military History, 2000, № 14, pp. 85 – 95.
  • Political Nuances Between Bulgaria and Europe in 1870s – 1880s Seen Through Phaleristics. – Bulletin of
    the National Museum of Military History, 1999, № 13, pp. 75 – 97.
  • Creating Commemorative Medals About Early 20th Century Wars – an Attempt to Raise Funds for Military
    Museum Building. – Bulletin of the National Museum of Military History, № 12, 1998, pp. 168 – 173.
  • Battle Flags Donated by King Boris III in 1925 – 1928. – Bulletin of the National Museum of Military History, 1995, № 10, pp. 113 – 124.
  • Medals and Signs Dedicated to the Monarchy Institution in Bulgaria (1879 – 1944), Stored in the National
    Museum of Military History. – Bulletin of the National Museum of Military History, 1991, № 9, pp. 70 – 83.

CONTACTS

Bulgaria, Sofia 1505
92 Cherkovna Str.
busses: 9, 72, 120, 305, 413
trams: 20, 23
phone: + 359 2/946 1805
fax: + 359 2/946 1806
e-mail: nvim@militarymuseum.bg
e-mail: nvim.pr@gmail.com