M&S Company Archive

M&S Company Archive
Michael Marks Building, University of Leeds, off Clarendon Road
West Yorkshire






020 87182800

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Display of clothing in the Marks in Time Exhibition
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Opened to the public in March 2012, the M&S Company Archive is home to the Marks in Time exhibition, celebrating the role that M&S has played in people's lives for over 130 years. Featuring iconic items from M&S history, the exhibition vividly shows the impact M&S has had on the social history of Britain.

If you would like to delve even deeper into our history you can make use of our dedicated Research Area; look through our employee magazines dating back to the 1930s or get interactive with our online Store Histories and People Profiles. We also have a Children's Area with games and activities for kids of all ages.

The collection includes everything from films and clothing to household products and advertising material, and much much more in between. We have over 70,000 items from the company's history and we’re constantly adding to the collection, from puddings to pants it's all here!

See details of our exciting Education and Events programme on our website.

Venue Type:

Archive, Heritage site, Museum

Opening hours

The M&S Company Archive is open
10:00am-5:00pm Monday to Saturday.
From 20 July 2014
10:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday.

Saturdays: Closed except for special events
Sundays and Bank Holidays: Closed

The Reading Room is open 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm Tuesday to Thursday.

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/

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.
Marks and Spencer fashion from the 60s to 80s

Hemlines and Hairdos: M&S from the 60s to the 80s

  • 30 August 2014 11am-3pm

Join us for a day of twisting and disco dance classes, fantastic fashion displays and expert talks about how M&S developed through this period. From pants to power dressing, it’s all here. Come in your finest 60s, 70s or 80s outfit and enter our Best Dressed competition - with a great prize up for grabs


There's no need to book, just pop in between 11am and 3pm and everyone is welcome!

M&S Archive Montage

Heritage Open Day 2014

  • 13 September 2014 11am-3pm

As part of the annual Heritage Open Days the M&S Company Archive is giving visitors the chance to go behind the scenes on a special tour of the archive.

There will also be the opportunity to join one of our guides for a heritage trail around Leeds free of charge. The trail will start at the M&S Company Archive and end at the M&S Heritage Stall in Kirkgate market close to where the business began 130 years ago.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


This event is free of charge.

The heritage trails will run at 11:30, 1:00 and 2:00, please book on in advance by contacting us on companyarchive@marks-and-spencer.com or 0208 7182800 .

Getting there

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