CHORD conference

CHORD Conference: ‘Retailing and Distribution in the Nineteenth Century’

by Laura Ugolini

The 2019 CHORD conference on ‘Retailing and Distribution in the Nineteenth Century’ will take place at the University of Wolverhampton on September 10, 2019

The programme, together with abstracts, registration details and further information, can be found at:

The programme includes:

Patricia Lara-Betancourt, Kingston University
Retailing the Modern Home: The Large Furniture and Furnishing Firm in London West End, 1890-1914

Judith Davies, University of Birmingham
A large family of small shopkeepers: the Wood family of Dudley in the middle decades of the nineteenth century

Massimiliano Papini, Northumbria University
‘Veritable fairyland’: Mikado Bazaar in Sunderland and the commodification of Japanese culture in the North-East of England, 1873-1903

Nick Gray, University of Wolverhampton
Retail credit in the late nineteenth century: the case of Hall and Spindler of Leamington Spa

Lorenzo Avellino, University of Geneva
Discipline of Trade, Discipline of Work: Embezzling and Middlemen in the Silk Fabrics of Lombardy (1800-1810)

Johanna Wassholm and Anna Sundelin, Åbo Akademi University
Practices and morality in the late nineteenth century human hair trade. Finland as part of transnational flows of goods

James Inglis, The University of St Andrews & National Museums Scotland
‘A Machine to Supersede the Pen?’ Typewriter Retail in Scotland, 1875 to 1900

Simon Constantine, University of Wolverhampton
Licensing Itinerant trade and the fight against ‘Gypsies’ in Germany (1871-1914)

Ruth Macdonald, Salvation Army International Heritage Centre
Retail therapy? The role of trade in Salvation Army rescue work for women

Lesley Steinitz, University of Cambridge
Creating a national brand: advertising Dr Tibbles Vi-Cocoa to consumers and retailers

Sophie Clapp, Boots Archive
“What’s in a name?” – The significance of brand positioning in the early development of Boots the Chemists, 1880-1900

Nicholas Alexander, Lancaster University, Anne Marie Doherty, University of Strathclyde, James Cronin, Lancaster University
Market-Mediated Authenticity and the Emergence of Modern Branding Practices: Liberty of London, 1875-1900

The conference will be held at the University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton City Campus.

The fee is £20.

Registration is via the University of Wolverhampton’s e-store, at:

Or see the conference web-pages, at:

Or contact Laura Ugolini, at:

Prof. Laura Ugolini
Professor of History

Dept. of History, Politics, War Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences
Room MH124
Mary Seacole (MH) Building
University of Wolverhampton

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