2022 CHORD Online Seminars: ‘Retailing and Distribution History’

Date / time: 22 February - 24 May, All day

2022 CHORD Online Seminars: 'Retailing and Distribution History'


The 2022 CHORD online seminars on the theme of ‘Retailing and Distribution History’ will be taking place via Zoom between February and May 2022. The seminars are free, but registration is required. The full programme, together with abstracts and registration forms can be found here: https://retailhistory.wordpress.com/2021/12/28/2022/


Tuesday 22 February 2022

  • Katherine Howells, The National Archives –  ‘More wonderful in design than ever’: paper innovations and novelties in marketing and retail in Victorian and Edwardian England
  • Clare Rose, Independent Researcher – Fashion marketing strategies, 1880-1901
  • 10 minute work in progress presentation: Diana Russell, University of Worcester – ‘Business as usual’: the impact of the First World War on female-run wearing apparel businesses in Bath
  • Phil Lyon, Umeå University – New ideas for old spaces: retailing equipment for British kitchens of the 1920s

Tuesday 22 March 2022

  • Felicity Hall, Kingston University –  ‘Florists are not like motor cars – you cannot mass produce them’: the development of formal training for commercial florists in Britain in the mid twentieth century
  • Graham Harding, Independent Researcher – Branding and the balance of power in the 19th century wine trade
  • 10 minute work in progress presentation: Richard Nockolds, Independent Researcher – Fifty Towns in Fifty-one Days
  • Richard Marshall, University of Plymouth – ‘The Englishman’s Right: A Case-Study in English Radical Advertising, Retail and Distribution Networks in the 1790s’

Tuesday 26 April 2022

  • Katharine McCrossan, University of Glasgow –  ‘Profit versus Principle? The Co-operative Movement in Scotland after 1945’
  • Léa Leboissetier, ENS de Lyon – Migrant Pedlars in Early-Twentieth Century Britain: from Transnational to Local Commercial Mobility (1900s-1930s)
  • 10 minute work in progress presentation: Casey Petroff, Harvard University –  Taste, Preference, and Social Signalling: Evidence from the Culinary History of Pre-Modern Europe
  • Robert Eisold, University of Bamberg and Werner Scheltjens, University of Bamberg – Fashion and the Leipzig fur trade in the 1920s. First insights from data mining the trade newspaper “Der Rauchwarenmarkt” (1913-1942)
  • Helen George, Independent Researcher – ‘Business as Usual?’ The role of retailers in Watford during the First World War

Tuesday 24 May 2022

  • Ian Mitchell, University of Wolverhampton – The Market that failed: the Eastbourne Market Company and the uneven distribution of market halls in late Victorian England
  • Jack Moss, University of Nottingham – Self-service and Boots the Chemist
  • 10 minute work in progress presentation: Alison Toplis, University of Wolverhampton –  ‘We keep no shoddy-made goods in stock’: examining the ‘Working Men’s Clothier’ in late nineteenth-century Britain
  • Martin Purvis, University of Leeds, – ‘Sticky little things’: stamp trading and the 20th-century British high street
  • Frances Richardson, University of Oxford – Occupation shopkeeper: the distribution of shops and shopkeepers in early nineteenth-century Wales


Image: Detail from Thomas Rowlandson, A Bonnet Shop, 1810. https://www.metmuseum.org The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1959.