M&S Making a Mark - Michael Marks

Teachers' notes

Aim of resource

This resource is part of an 'M&S History' theme intended to provide a broad picture of the development of the Company, and how this links to social history and world events.

The discussion and activity ideas pages suggests ways in which the material in this resource can be used with different subjects, as prompts for classroom or homework activities.

See below for specific Curriculum Links and Learning Objectives for this resource.

Curriculum Links:

KS3/4 Citizenship      
KS3/4 History
KS3/4 Literacy      

Post 16 Business Studies  

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the history of M&S
  • To find out what life was like in the past
  • To think about what makes a situation fair or unfair
  • To think about how to make positive changes in your community
  • To be able to use archive documents to understand life in the past 

The Michael Marks timeline follows his life from his birth in Russian Poland in 1863 to his death in Manchester in 1907. The life of Michael Marks was relatively short but one with many achievements.

Read about Benjamin Gott, a Victorian entrepreneur from Leeds.

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