About this Material Culture Blog




This blog is about objects. More specifically, it is an outlet for my reflections on antiquing and material culture (anything made or modified by man) more generally. After purchasing this tea bowl and saucer at my first tag sale, I decided to write regularly about antiquing, something I have pursued since I was about six years old. I grew-up buying old stuff and visiting museums; these activities inspired my career as a public and academic historian of material life.

Writing this blog is fun. It provides me with an opportunity to think about how my daily interactions with the material world enrich my "academic" understanding of what objects are made of, how they have changed over time, and what they mean. Most importantly, writing this blog provides me with an opportunity to share these insights with a general audience.

I welcome comments through the blog's comment feature and via email: nbelolan at udel dot edu.

For more about me, please visit my academic web site.