Retailing and Distribution in the Nineteenth Century

Date / time: 10 September, All day

Retailing and Distribution in the Nineteenth Century

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

Image details: Anonymous British watercolour, 19th century, 67.539.314, Purchase, Harry G. Friedman Bequest, 1967. Courtesy of