Marks in Time Exhibition: M&S Company Archive

Exploring the Marks in Time Exhibition, M&S Company Archive
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Did you know M&S was born in Leeds?

Discover our story and unlock the fascinating journey that has made M&S one of Britain’s best loved retailers. Explore our Marks In Time Exhibition and uncover some fascinating facts from over 130 years of M&S history:

Did you know that we sold our first bra in 1926?
How about that our scientists worked with the government during WW2 to help with rationing strategy?
Or even that when we were one of the first to introduce ‘avocado pears’ in 1959 one customer tried to serve it as a dessert with custard?

From the clothes we wear to the food we eat the Marks In Time Exhibition showcases the M&S Company Archive collection, tracking the development of the business from 1884 to the present day. From Boardroom battles to staff welfare, from puddings to pants, the exhibition vividly shows the impact M&S has had on the social history of Britain since the first Penny Bazaar stall at Leeds Kirkgate Market.

Free attraction
We are completely free to visit so pop in to start your journey and find out more about our rich heritage. You can explore clothing, merchandise, old photographs, vintage films and rare documents. It’s all part of our interactive exhibition telling the M&S story.

Group visitors
Start your journey with one of our three itineraries, featuring guided exhibition tours, a choice of expert talks and free hot drinks, and get a unique insight into the history of one of Britain's best loved retailers. See our website for more information or to download our Group Travel pack.
Groups also have the option to take our award winning M&S Heritage Trail. Bringing together the rich M&S history in the city, the Trail takes visitors from the archive to our unique heritage stall in Leeds Kirkgate Market (or vice versa). Find out more information about the Trail here.
Finally, don’t miss our inspirational temporary exhibitions showcasing a range of previously unseen items linking to themes from our varied events programme.

About the M&S Company Archive collection:
The archive contains one of the richest retail history collections in the country, charting the development of one of Britain’s best-loved high street names. The collection of over 70,000 items dating from 1884 includes documents, reports, letters, speeches, employee magazines, annual reports, advertising material, photographs, films, oral history recordings, clothing, food packaging and merchandise from the days of the Penny Bazaar to the present.

Now open to the public, researchers from all walks of life have the opportunity of direct access to the collection through our bookable reading room service. See our website for more details.

Venue Type:

Archive, Heritage site, Museum

Opening hours

Open Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturdays: Closed except for special events
Sundays and Bank Holidays: Closed

Admission charges

The exhibition is free of charge.

The Reading Room is also free to use for research purposes, please book in advance as space is limited.

Getting there

For detailed travel directions please see the Contact Us section of our website http://marksintime.marksandspencer.com/contact-us/

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Pop Up Archive

Special Event: Archive On Tour: Pop-Up Archive in Belfast

  • 2 — 17 September 2017

We’re popping up in Belfast over two weeks to celebrate M&S’s 50th anniversary in Northern Ireland with customers and colleagues alike. Featuring vintage M&S fashions, fascinating facts and fabulous photos!

2nd-17th September during store opening hours.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

M&S Belfast
48 Donegall Place
Belfast
BT1 5BY

Website

https://marksintime.marksandspencer.com/whats-on/Belfastpopup

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
St Michael 'Crimplene Time' Advert

Heritage Open Day: Opening Up Our Film Collection

  • 9 September 2017 11am-3pm

Come and watch highlights from our collection of M&S film, including cinema adverts and documentary clips from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Our archivist will be introducing film clips at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30. Drinks and popcorn are included, plus explore the Marks in Time exhibition!

No need to book, just drop in

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://marksintime.marksandspencer.com/whats-on/HOD17

Full Botony Wool socks, Jun 1953

Archivist’s Talk: Botany Wool to Bri-Nylon - a History of Fashion at M&S

  • 22 September 2017 12:30-2pm

Did you know that fleecy knickers were a best seller in the 1920s? Or that Twiggy first modelled for M&S in the 1960s? Looking at film, documents and original garments, find out how M&S have clothed customers since 1926.

This event is held at the West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield.

Free event, booking essential. To book a place please visit the Eventbrite link below.

Where

West Yorkshire History Centre
127 Kirkgate
Wakefield
WF1 1JG

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/botany-wool-to-bri-nylon-a-history-of-fashion-at-ms-lunchtime-talk-tickets-35536981067

Dressed in Time on Stage

Dressed in Time: On Stage

  • 18 November 2017 From 2pm

See our story come to life at the West Yorkshire Playhouse as characters from M&S's past return to tell their stories. With vintage fashion and music, you’ll discover over 130 years of M&S history.

Tea and cake included!

Tickets for this exclusive event are £5 each, booking essential - check back soon on our website to book.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

West Yorkshire Playhouse
Playhouse Square
Quarry Hill
leeds
LS2 7UP

Admission

£5

Website

https://marksintime.marksandspencer.com/whats-on/DITonstage

Getting there

For detailed travel directions please see the Contact Us section of our website http://marksintime.marksandspencer.com/contact-us/

Marks in Time Exhibition: M&S Company Archive
Michael Marks Building, University of Leeds, off Clarendon Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS2 9LZ
England

Website

www.marksintime.marksandspencer.com

E-mail

company.archive@marks-and-spencer.com

Telephone

020 8718 2800

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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