M&S - Homegrown Expansion in Leeds

Teachers' notes

This resource uses images and documents from the M&S Company Archive relating to the Company's origins in Leeds at the turn of the century, and its rapid expansion during the 1930s to 1950s. It includes suggestions for discussion and activity ideas that can be given to students as homework or one-off activities.

You can also download an M&S in Leeds timeline, which lists key dates and events in the Company's history. 

Curriculum Links:

KS2 History - H ow we used to live

KS3/4 History - 20th Century history

KS3 PSHE - U nderstanding the retailing business


KS3 Geography - Human Geography -   changing shopping patterns


May also be of interest to post-16 and adult learners studying Local History.


Learning Objectives:


Knowledge  of how M&S continued to expand during the 1930s and 1940s


Understanding  of how a successful large business began in a very small way


Skills  of researching and gathering evidence using primary sources (photographs)

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