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Bob Ruffle


Bob is undertaking a part-time PhD in Archaeology, although his interests are distinctly interdisciplinary.† Bob is working on the pottery of early modern Worcester (c1650-1750), not solely as an archaeological artefact, but as part of the material culture of early modern Worcester. For example, he has been exploring probate inventories as a prime source for household contents, and advertisements in early issues of the Worcester Postman.†

Bobís project is primarily an exercise in cultural history, looking at the materiality of the household, and its links with the development of consumerism, commodification, even 'modernity'. Ultimately, Bob is hoping to gain alternative insights into the ways in which material things contribute to, and at the same time themselves constitute, cultural change.