'Clone Towns? The High Street in Historical Perspective', will be held on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 September 2008 at the University’s Telford Campus.
The international conference is devoted to exploring both the historical and contemporary dimensions of 'High Streets', in Britain and overseas.
Topics under discussion will include the impact of CCTV on crime and fear of crime in the high street; the use of special events such as food festivals to bring people back to the high street and whether fewer shops can actually mean more consumer choice.
Organiser Dr Laura Ugolini, from the University’s Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD), said:“We hear a lot about how British high streets are becoming ever more clone-like, but was there ever a golden age of friendly, family-run shops, where you could buy the 'genuine' goods that we seem to miss so much today? Or is this just nostalgia for a past that never existed? The conference aims to address these questions.
“Other sessions will cover competition for the high street; specialist streets, urban change and design and architecture.”