This project wants to offer a reconstruction and fuller understanding of the diversity of actors constituting an emerging milieu of antiquarian collectors during the dawn of the Belgium nation state (ca. 1760-ca. 1860). So far, no attempt has been undertaken to bring fragmented research and analysis into the antiquarian together in a new, integrated research initiative. The foundation of this undertaking rests on the construction of a prosopographic research database. Currently, no such research tool exists that allows for identification, categorization, and analysis of the emerging milieu of antiquarians in Belgium. Such research tool will form the cornerstone for the study of the formation, internal cohesion, institutionalisation, and social changes within the milieu of antiquarians. Questions relating to social profile, collecting practices, intellectual motivations, and the impact and function of antiquarians in Belgium society will from the internal rationale and driving logic behind this project.