CHORD Conference - Retailing and Distribution History : 5th September 2012- University of Wolverhampton, UK

Programme for the 5th September 2012


10.30-11.30Registration and coffee 

Session 1 - On the Streets: London's retail markets 1800-2012

Chair: Margaret Ponsonby, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Session convenor: Victoria Kelley, University of the Arts and University of the Creative Arts, UK

Peter Jones, Queen Mary University of London, UK 'A History in Rags: Reckoning with London's 'Cast-offs' in the Old Clothes Market, 1800-1870'

Victoria Kelley, University of the Arts and University of the Creative Arts, UK, 'Shopping on the Kerbstone: London's Street Markets, c.1880-1939'

May Rosenthal Sloan, University of Glasgow, UK, 'Ridley Road: An Edible World in Miniature'


Session  2  - Selling representations and reflections

Chair: John Benson, University of Wolverhampton, UK


Lucy A. Bailey, University of Northampton, UK, '"The place is a news agency": Gossip and the Village Shop as portrayed in popular Victorian literature'

Ros Watkiss, University of Wolverhampton, UK, 'Doing Your Bit for the Country: Women and Saving, Government Initiatives c. 1939-1970

Jackie Dickenson, University of Melbourne, Australia, 'Advertising Lives: Memoir and Career'







Session 3 

Techniques of Selling  

Chair: Richard Hawkins, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Paul Cleave, University of Exeter, UK, 'Sugar Tourism'

Susan Bishop, University of Brighton, UK, 'The Barkers Fashion Display Hall - Issues of Retailing and Marketing Fashion as Luxury in a London Department Store 1928-1930'

Andrew Alexander, University of Surrey, UK, 'Marketing decision-making in UK supermarkets, 1965-1990'


Session 4

'Marginal' and informal markets

Chair: Jon Stobart, University of Northampton, UK

Bart Lambert, University of York, UK, 'Falling out of the Cradle of Capitalism: Informal Markets in 15th Century Bruges'

José A. Nieto Sánchez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, ‘El Rastro of Madrid: The Survival Strategies of the Urban Lower Classes, 1740-1830’

Brigita Tranaviciute, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania, ‘The Transformations of the Soviet Enterprise in Lithuania in the Late 20th Century’



Session 5

Selling spaces

Chair: Ros Watkiss, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Lyanne Holcombe, Kingston University, UK, ‘The Resort in the City: Retailing Leisure and Tourism in the Regent Palace Hotel, London’

Dave Kinney, Independent Researcher, UK and Phil Lyon, Umeå University, Sweden, ‘Grocers’ Window Displays: The Eclipse of a Tradition’


Session 6

Buying and selling in the long eighteenth century

Chair: Karin Dannehl, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Serena Dyer, University of York, UK, 'Dressing the Elite: Fashion, Intimacy and Business in Eighteenth-Century London and Yorkshire'

Jon Stobart, University of Northampton, UK, 'Buying Books: Networks, Knowledge and the Georgian Country House'




19.00Reception and conference dinner 

For Further Information

please contact

Dr Laura Ugolini
Room MC334
Tel: 01902 321890