CHORD Conference - Retailing and Distribution History : 6th September 2012- University of Wolverhampton, UK

Programme for the 6th September 2012


9.00-09.30Registration and coffee 

Supply chains and innovation


Graham Barton, University of Gloucestershire, UK, ‘The Role and Significance of the Supply Chain in the Distribution of Wine in Pre-Roman Britain’


Neil Ritson, Lincoln University, New Zealand and Ian Byrne, UK ‘A History of UK Petrol Retailing: Dynamism versus Oligarchy’


Alessandra Tessari, University of Salento, Italy and University of Reading, UK, ‘Product Innovations and Market Creation in the Italian Poultry Industry, 1950-1980’




Session  8  - Innovation and tradition in food retailing: (un)successful responses to new market demands

Chair: Madeleine Green, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Session convenors: Anneleen Arnout, University of Leuven and University of Antwerp, Belgium and Nelleke Teughels, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Anneleen Arnout, University of Leuven and University of Antwerp, Belgium, ‘The Curious Case of Brussels’ Market Halls: Tradition or Innovation on the Brussels’ Nineteenth-century Market Scene’

Nelleke Teughels, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, ‘Small Grocery Stores Become Big Business: A Case Study of Delhaize Frères & Cie and its Role in the Modernisation of the Traditional Corner Shop’

Ian Mitchell, University of Wolverhampton, UK, ‘”Traditional” or “Modern”? Changing Retail Practices in some English Towns, 1700-1900’




Session 9 

Cross-national ventures and misadventures

Chair: Ian Mitchell, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Alison Toplis, University of Wolverhampton, UK, 'How to, or how not to, Make a Profit: A Birmingham Draper's Trade with 1830s Van Diemen's Land'

Eva Maria von Wyl, University of Zurich, Switzerland, ’The Introduction of Self-Service in Switzerland: Why the Americans Had No Chance to Conquer Europe’s Retail Market’

Jon Brown, University of Brighton, UK, ‘Fashionably Nordic: Retail Furnishers Innovative Scandinavian Furniture Group Buying Schemes’


Session 10

(Re)Conceptualising the Shop Space: Exploring "the shop" as a product to be conspicuously consumed

Chair: Lesley Whitworth, University of Brighton, UK

Session convenor: Jessica Field, University of Manchester, UK

Ben Wilcock, University of Manchester, UK, ‘Selling Spaces: marketing places of consumption in mid-to-late Georgian towns’

Ed Owens, University of Manchester, UK, ‘“Marina hats” are selling well, and sitting pretty!’  Media, Marketing and the Royal Wedding of 1934

Jessica Field, University of Manchester, UK, ‘Selfless Sellers and Benevolent Buyers? Re-Working the Spatialities of Consumption and Charity in the Outer Hebrides’





Concluding plenary

Jonathan Morris, University of Hertfordshire, 'Coffee House Formats Compared'



For Further Information

please contact

Dr Laura Ugolini
Room MC334
Tel: 01902 321890