Curator Resource and Visual/Material Culture Blogs

These resources offer some behind the scenes usefulness for those working in the museum field (or for those who hope to). Some though, are institutions that have begun to create their own blogs (related to fashion history and costume studies).

Material World: “Material World is an interactive, online hub for contemporary debates, discussion, thinking and research centered 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.”

Visual Culture: has a specific section that covers visual culture as it relates to fashion, but also includes exhibition reviews and discusses other aspects of design.

Medieval Material Culture Blog: “This blog reports on news relating to medieval material culture — especially archaeological finds and museum exhibits — and announces new material culture indices posted on

The Attic: “The virtual home of the Department of Museum Studies’ research students, University of Leicester, UK

Public Curating: Methods, Theories, Resources: “PUBLICCURATING was a research-project run from November 2006 to November 2008 by the Vienna-based platform CONT3XT.NET. A collection of methods, resources, and theories concerning the curation of (New) Media, Internet-based, and Video Art.”

Museum 2.0: “Museum 2.0 explores ways that web 2.0 philosophies can be applied in museum design.”

LeisureArts: “LeisureArts is an infra-institutional practice engaged with various forms of ephemeral, convivial, and quotidian cultural production.

Palestine Costume Archive: “The Palestine Costume Archive was established in the early 1980s to provide a secure environment for the acquisition and research of Palestinian cultural heritage. The Archive also acquires historical and contemporary costume from the Arab and Islamic world.” [Editors note: This blog has not posted since August 2008].

This Blog Sits at the Intersection of Anthropology and Economics: (No official description of the blog, but the author regularly includes his resources at the end of each article). Noably, he recently posted on how Mo Rocca is the new Andy Rooney.

Valerie Steele Fashion: If you’re interested in keeping tabs on Valerie Steele’s activities, check this out.

I am currently in New York, gathering all kinds of wonderful information on the exhibitions that are going (I’ll be bringing back some photos, I’m sure). I’ll see you all next year!

Until Next Time,


Heather is a contributor to the newly released Greenwood Encyclopedia Clothing through American History, 1900 to the Present.

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