The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) invites participants to its 2023 on-line seminars on the history of retailing and distribution. The seminars will take place between February and April 2023: please see below for details 

Participation is free, but registration is required (the timings are UK times) 

For further information, including programme, abstracts and registration form please see: 



Monday 27 February 2023 

14.00 – 14.30 Emily Westkaemper, James Madison University, US, From Consumer to Career Woman: Promoting Professionalism in U.S. Department Stores, 1950s–1980s 

14.40 – 15.10 Nataliia Laas, New York University, US, Urban Stores as Places of Women’s Activism in the Soviet Union during Late Stalinism 

15.20 – 15.50 Lesley Taylor, Solent University, UK, St. Mags: Fashion at the heart of the community 

Monday 27 March 2023 

10.00 – 10.30 Phil Lyon, Umeå University, Sweden, Promoting French Cuisine to English Homes: The Life and Times of a 1923 Cookery Book 

10.40 – 11.10 Jane Tolerton, independent scholar, New Zealand, Mary Taylor: ‘Friend of Charlotte Bronte’ or successful storekeeper of colonial New Zealand – and ‘her own best friend’? 

11.20 – 11.50 Frances Richardson, University of Oxford, UK, Shopping in early nineteenth-century Wales: the variety of shops and their customers 


Monday 24 April 2023 

14.00 – 14.30 Sam Backer, Johns Hopkins University, US, Counter Girls and Salesmen: Gender, Consumption, and Sheet Music Retail in the United States, 1890-1920 

14.40 – 15.00 Ten-minute, work in progress presentation: Barbara Caddick, University of Bristol, Online pharmacy – A historical perspective 

15.10 – 15.40 Jon Stobart, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, Shopping and the city space: in the footsteps of the Reverend Woodforde (1740-1803)