M&S Heart of the High Street - Barrow-in-Furness

Teachers' notes, curriculum links and discussion ideas

Aim of resource:

This resource is part of 'Heart of the High Street', a series that  focuses on selected M&S high street stores across the UK, the aim of  which is to provide local history resources in the shape of case study  histories.

The images here and in the following pages show the development of the Barrow in Furness M&S store through time (you can download all the images in a PDF  document to print out - see also Downloads link below).

Also included in this resource are highlights of archival  evidence from the store’s own records, giving you snapshots of the life  of the store ( download Store History - see also Downloads below).

Learning Objectives:

Knowledge of the history of a particular high street store
Understanding of how local M&S stores have changed over time and which characteristics have remained the same
Skills to use primary sources to gain an understanding of life in the past

Curriculum Links:


History - changes within living memory and significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
English - spoken language
Maths - addition, subtraction and working with money, sequence events in chronological order
Geography - studying the geography of their school and its surroundings


History - a local history study
English - discussing, debating and presenting
Maths - practical application of maths – money, percentages and fractions
Geography - observe, measure and record human features of landscape in the local area and changes in locations over time


History - a local history study, challenges for Britain 1901 to present day and social, cultural and technological change in post-war British society
English - arguments and presentations, organising material and supporting ideas and arguments 
Maths - interpreting and solving problems, statistics, fractions, percentages
Geography - analysis and conclusions from geographical data

Discussion ideas:

KS1 – History, English and Maths 
KS2 History, English, Geography and Maths
  • Are there any shops near school? What do they sell?
  • Does  your family shop at M&S? What do they buy from there?
  • M&S stores in some places (such as Manchester) moved all over the city to find the right spot, but the Barrow in Furness store just moved further up the street, why do you think that was?
  • In the 1964 interior shot, white shirts are priced at 35 shillings. How much would 2 shirts be?
  • If the Dalton Street store opened in 1911, how old is it now?

KS3 History, English, Geography and Maths
  • Does your family shop at M&S? If so, why do you shop there and what do you buy? If you don’t shop there, who do you think does?
  • The Dalton Street store moved once and was extended five times. What does that tell you about how well M&S was doing as a business?
  • In the 1964 interior shot, white shirts are priced at 35 shillings each. You buy 2, how much do you spend? How many pounds (and shillings) do you spend if there are 12 shillings in a pound?
Why not try the currency convertor on the National Archives  website to see how much old M&S prices would be in today’s money?

See Related Links at the bottom of the page.

You can also download all the images in a PDF document - see Downloads link below.

View other relevant M&S resources on My Learning or scroll down to the bottom of the page for a list of external links and resources on this topic.

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