From carrying to logistics: distributing goods in Britain, 1680-2045 – 22nd April 2015 – University of Reading

Conference organised by the Centre for Institutional Performance and the Centre for Economic History.

To be held on Wednesday 22nd April from 09.30 to 17.30 in the Humanities Building G86, University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus.


9.00-9.30 Registration

9.30-10.15 Keynote

Roy Edwards (University of Southampton)

‘Government intervention and the business model for freight: too much too late or too little too early?’

10.15-10.45 Refreshments

10.45-13.00 Carrying before 1850

Dorian Gerhold (University of Roehampton)

‘Road carrying by waggon and packhorse, c.1680-1840’

Carolyn Dougherty (University of York)

‘The carrying trade and the first railways in England’

Pete Maw (University of Leeds)

‘Roads, water and rails: transport methods and the trade between Liverpool and Manchester, 1800-1850’

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.15 Road and rail after 1840

John Dodgson (John Dodgson Consulting)‘Rail freight and the national economy, 1842 to 2014’ Tony Atkins (University of Reading)‘Less haste, more speed: the Great Western Railway’s freight policy and practice, ca 1900-14) (title TBC)  Thomas Spain (University of York)‘Milk transport between 1920 and 1945’

16.15-16.30 Break

16.30-17.30 Round table discussion on history and the future of UK distribution

Panel (TBC) includes: Tom Zunder (Newcastle University), Colin Divall (University of York), Roy Edwards (University of Southampton)

Registration is free. To reserve a place please contact Aleiah Burgess-Potter For general enquiries contact Mark Casson