Aim of resource:
- Take a look at the Bishop Auckland store history (see also Downloads link below). Does it sound like a fun place to work, and why?
- Look at the 1929 staff photo. How is this store different to shops nowadays?
- How is the store in the photo from 1911 different from the store in the photo from 2001?
- How many people worked at the Bishop Auckland store in 1929? How many were women?
- 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 Bishop Auckland store just moved a few doors down street, why do you think that was?
- The Newgate Street store closed in 2012, how many years was it open?
- 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?
- In 1930 the Newgate Street store moved to bigger premises and was extended again in 1938. What does that tell you about how well M&S was doing as a business?
- Why was Newgate Street a good choice of location for starting a business in 1911? Or in 1930 when it moved further along the street?
- The site M&S moved to in 1930 was another Penny Bazaar that had gone out of business, what do you think might have happened?
- If M&S occupied 15-17 Newgate Street, how many properties made up the site?
- If number 17 had been changed to number 23 on the street, what number do you think the original number 23 would have become?
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.