The M&S Company Archive

M&S Company Archive exhibition display
Address:
Michael Marks Building
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT

Opening Times:
Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed
Bank Holidays: Closed
Christmas closure: Saturday 8 December - Saturday 7 January inclusive


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Description:
To celebrate the 100th birthday of Marks & Spencer in 1984, the Company took the opportunity to look back with pride at its long history. We decided to collect together the many historical items from all over the Company and create the M&S Company Archive.

Since then, the archive team has worked to collect, catalogue and make available for use, all kinds of records of Marks & Spencer’s past.

Today the archive contains more than 70,000 items from the last 128 years, and we welcome new additions to our collection.

The Michael Marks Building is home to the free Marks in Time exhibition which is open to the public Monday to Saturday, and our Schools and Community programmes.


Contact Details:
companyarchive@marks-and-spencer.com
0208 7182800


Learning Programmes:
Our Schools Programme is free and offers cross-curricula workshops hosted at the M&S Company Archive or at your school. Explore history, art and design, technology and much more through our fascinating collections.

For more information or to book a workshop please visit our website (see link above) or contact the Education and Outreach Officer.
T: 0208 7182800.
E: (Contact the email address above)


Specialisms:
The collection includes:
Documents, reports, letters, speeches, employee magazines, annual reports and advertising leaflets;
Photographs, films and oral history recordings;
Clothing, food packaging and merchandise from the days of the Penny Bazaar to the present.


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Associated Resources

M&S First Self-Service Shopping System

M&S First Self-Service Shopping System

Innovative new ways of selling Read More »
M&S Creates Sell-By Dates

M&S Creates Sell-By Dates

Designed to make sure that foods were fresh Read More »
M&S Melting Middle Pudding

M&S Melting Middle Pudding

Innovation in food technology Read More »
M&S Wartime Utility Clothing

M&S Wartime Utility Clothing

Creative design during the rationing years Read More »
M&S - The Most Sustainable Suit in the World!

M&S - The Most Sustainable Suit in the World!

Made from organic wool and recycled plastic bottles Read More »
M&S Penny Bazaars

M&S Penny Bazaars

The first fixed price shops over 100 years ago Read More »
M&S First Department Stores

M&S First Department Stores

Transforming the shopping experience from the 1930s onwards Read More »
M&S - Homegrown Expansion in Leeds

M&S - Homegrown Expansion in Leeds

Modernisation in Leeds stores from the 1930s Read More »
M&S and the War Effort - Staff Stories

M&S and the War Effort - Staff Stories

A melted cash float, firefighting ladies and wartime staff bulletins Read More »
M&S Cheshire Oaks Eco Store

M&S Cheshire Oaks Eco Store

From Penny Bazaar to flagship Eco store Read More »
M&S Making a Mark - Michael Marks

M&S Making a Mark - Michael Marks

From Russian Poland to Leeds market - the founder's story Read More »
M&S Making a Mark - Simon Marks

M&S Making a Mark - Simon Marks

Innovative leader who made M&S the high street name it is today Read More »
M&S Making a Mark - Plan A

M&S Making a Mark - Plan A

Recycling, waste reduction, sustainability and ethical trading Read More »
M&S Making a Mark - Flora Solomon

M&S Making a Mark - Flora Solomon

Champion of M&S staff welfare Read More »
M&S 1930s Food Displays

M&S 1930s Food Displays

Food retailing between the Wars Read More »
M&S Underwear

M&S Underwear

A brief look at the development of M&S undergarments Read More »
M&S Fashion Brands and Synthetic Fabrics

M&S Fashion Brands and Synthetic Fabrics

From innovative new fabrics in the 1960s to 21st Century fashion Read More »
M&S Schoolwear and Teenage Fashion

M&S Schoolwear and Teenage Fashion

School uniform from pinafores to recycled plastic bottles Read More »
M&S - 70 Years of In-store Cafés

M&S - 70 Years of In-store Cafés

From early café bar culture to present day Read More »
M&S Convenience Food

M&S Convenience Food

Food revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s Read More »
M&S Food Technology

M&S Food Technology

Shop bought versus 'hand-made' in the 1950s Read More »
M&S Biscuit Tins

M&S Biscuit Tins

Biscuit tin designs from 'retro' to modern Read More »
M&S Birth of a Brand - Buildings and Signage

M&S Birth of a Brand - Buildings and Signage

Signs reflect different periods in time Read More »
M&S Birth of a Brand - Carrier Bags

M&S Birth of a Brand - Carrier Bags

Who would have thought carrier bags had such a history! Read More »
M&S Birth of a Brand - Films and Fashion Shows

M&S Birth of a Brand - Films and Fashion Shows

Early marketing through different media Read More »
M&S Birth of a Brand - Logos and Brand Names

M&S Birth of a Brand - Logos and Brand Names

The original 1932 St Michael brand and a 1950s version Read More »
M&S Birth of a Brand - Advertising

M&S Birth of a Brand - Advertising

How a major high street retailer has promoted itself to the world Read More »
M&S Birth of a Brand - Campaign Case Study - 125 Anniversary

M&S Birth of a Brand - Campaign Case Study - 125 Anniversary

How M&S celebrated 125 years of being in business in 2009 Read More »
'It's a Long Way to Tipperary...'

'It's a Long Way to Tipperary...'

A popular wartime song reveals the importance of the Home Front in WWI Read More »
M&S Timelines - Menswear

M&S Timelines - Menswear

A snapshot of M&S menswear developments through time Read More »
M&S Timelines - Food

M&S Timelines - Food

A snapshot of M&S food developments through time Read More »
M&S Timelines - Womenswear

M&S Timelines - Womenswear

A snapshot of M&S womenswear developments through time Read More »
M&S Timelines - Packaging

M&S Timelines - Packaging

A snapshot of M&S packaging developments through time Read More »
M&S Heart of the High Street - Barrow-in-Furness

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

Using primary sources to examine changes in local stores over time Read More »
M&S Heart of the High Street - Bromley

M&S Heart of the High Street - Bromley

Using primary sources to examine changes in local stores over time Read More »
M&S Heart of the High Street - Bishop Auckland

M&S Heart of the High Street - Bishop Auckland

Using primary sources to examine changes in local stores over time Read More »
M&S Heart of the High Street - Manchester

M&S Heart of the High Street - Manchester

Using primary sources to examine changes in local stores over time Read More »
M&S Heart of the High Street - Exeter

M&S Heart of the High Street - Exeter

Using primary sources to examine changes in local stores over time Read More »
M&S Heart of the High Street - Glasgow

M&S Heart of the High Street - Glasgow

Using primary sources to examine changes in local stores over time Read More »

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