Blogs in Material Culture Studies

Ducking and weaving between innumerable wonderful blogs on fashion, archeology, art history, museums, and more, I aim for a collection of blogs that consciously deal with Material Culture. I must have missed a few! Tell me about them and I'll get them posted.

Archeology and Material Culture The material world, broadly defined.

Cuba Material is a virtual archive and physical collection of artifacts, clothing, ephemera, and memorabilia, in a nutshell, material culture, from Cuba mostly during the Soviet years (1959-1989).


Dan Hicks Archeological/Anthropological writings on the remains of the modern.

Imponderabilia Digital Public History, Archeology, and Material Culture

Material Culture Quilt Historian Brabara Brackman's blog about quilts and fabric, past and present.

Material Cultures This blog focuses on material culture, showcasing beautiful, unusual, and historically significant objects from around the world, particularly the small and ephemeral “luminous debris” of everyday life. While there are many blogs on print and visual culture, and much work has been done to increase online access to two-dimensional material, there are fewer sites promoting the beauty of physical objects. My goal is to make the items in institutional and private collections more accessible to the public and to encourage the open dissemination of high quality photographs and written descriptions by the organisations responsible for preserving our past.

Material World Material World is an interactive, online hub for contemporary debates, discussion, thinking and research centred on material and visual culture. It is the brainchild of scholars working in the anthropology departments of University College London and New York University, but aims to create a new international community of academics, students, curators, artists and anyone else with particular interests in material and visual culture.

Noozeum's Material Culture

Picking for Pleasure  This blog is about objects. I bought it. But, what is it, how did it become what it is, and what does it mean? And other thoughts on material culture. by Nicole Belolan

Silk Damask  A scholar writes about historical costumes with a modern perspective

The Meaning of Things  a blog devoted to examining and discussing objects in American material culture.

The Myths of Main Street Exploring the developmental history of the American small town in its heyday (1870-1930)

The TypologistThis blog is a curation of interesting object and photo typologies Diana Zlatanovski has found out in the world.

Un-Making Things Unmaking Things is an online creative platform, edited and run by History of Design students at the Victoria and Albert Museum / Royal College of Art. It is a space in which questions can be raised, work can be published, and reflected on critically. Whilst the site is operated in connection with the MA course, we encourage connections between all those engaged in the field of design history, and so we welcome a diverse range of submissions – whether from students, practitioners, or professionals.