Join Kenneth Park as he presents his lecture ‘The Rise and decline of the Department Store’ via Zoom. Please ensure you have downloaded and signed up to Zoom before the lecture begins https://zoom.us/
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As a child, it was always a big treat to go into the city and explore the magnificent department stores and admire their range of shopping temptations. Department stores like Georges, Myer and David Jones beckoned us to come in see and buy the latest must have item.
The department store is literally defined presents a wide range of consumer goods in different areas of the store, each area ("department") specializing in a product category. The department store (as we know it) started to pop up in large numbers across the world from the middle of the 19th century. They reshaped our shopping habits, and defined service and luxury. Today, they are grappling to survive in the age on online shopping.
Indeed, many have gone and many more will go, but as you will discover some department stores have reinvented themselves and are holding their own. This fascinating lecture looks at the rise and fall of the Department store.
KENNETH W PARK has served as Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for just on thirty years. This role sees him responsible for the school’s extensive art and archival collections. Kenneth also consults in both the corporate and public sectors in philanthropic fundraising (especially in planned giving) as well as marketing, sponsorship, art, membership / loyalty and public relations.
An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with a range of tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe. He lives by the motto: ‘Life is a grand tour so make the most of it’. His tertiary studies include political science, administration, museum studies, industrial relations, fine arts, history and international relations. Kenneth has a passion for travel, food, wine, arts, architecture, history, and good conversation … essentially the good life!