CHORD Conference: ‘Retailing and Distribution History’

The CHORD (Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution) conference on: ‘Retailing and Distribution History’

will take place at the University of Wolverhampton, on 10 September 2015

The programme includes:

Christine Atha, University of Leeds,
Shopping in the design museum: curating, collecting and shopping for design

Emily Baines, De Montfort University
Concentrating on Fashion: the home market retail and distribution structure for British dress textiles 1919-40

Bruno Blondé, University of Antwerp and Jon Stobart, Manchester Metropolitan University
The language of value: a comparative approach to newspaper advertisements for auctions of second-hand household goods in eighteenth-century England and the Low Countries

Rika Fujioka, Kansai University
The development of Japanese department stores along with the growing ready-made clothes market from the 1950s to the 1970s

Janina Gosseye, Delft University of Technology
The Janus-faced suburban shopping centre: the Low Countries in search of a suitable shopping paradigm

Graham Harding, St Cross College, Oxford
Competition is useless: Gilbey’s and the emergence of modern retailing, 1855-1914

Richard Hawkins, University of Wolverhampton and Hildegard Norton-Uhl, University of Wolverhampton
Paprika Schlesinger: The Development of a Luxury Retail Shoe Brand in Belle Époque Vienna

Clare Hoare, King’s College London
Female business owners: a study of grocers in Edwardian London

Jennifer Holt,
Retailing and wholesaling c 1600: a Lune Valley case study

Sarah Laurenson, University of Edinburgh
‘In enclose herewith five compasses’: retailing jewellery and small luxuries in rural Scotland during the long nineteenth century

Lucile Peytavin, University of Lyon 2
Female haberdashers and haberdashers in La Motte-de-Galaure and in the north of Drome in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Martin Purvis, University of Leeds
Retailing in English suburbs during the 1920s and 1930s: development, deficiency and diversity

Gabi Schopf, Universität Bern
Buying and selling consumer goods in the eighteenth century: rural retailing in the Canton of Bern

Alex Taylor, University of Sheffield
Tobacco retailing in 1630s England: formal and informal

Shelley Tickell, University of Hertfordshire
Selecting shops to steal from in the eighteenth century metropolis – which retailers were most vulnerable to shoplifting?

The conference will be held in the Millennium City Building, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton campus.

The fee is £26.

For further information and to register, please see the conference web-pages, at:

Or contact Karin Dannehl at or Laura Ugolini, at:

Information about CHORD events can also be found here:

Prof. Laura Ugolini
Professor of History

Joint editor, Textile History

Dept. of History, Politics, War Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences
Room MC334
University of Wolverhampton

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