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/

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.
M&S and University of Leeds Partnership

M&S and University of Leeds: Five Years of Partnership Working

  • 28 March 2017 10am-12pm

An exclusive opportunity for University of Leeds staff and students and everyone with an interest in this unique partnership to find out more about how the university and M&S work together, highlights from the last five years and plans for future projects. Includes free refreshments and birthday cake!

Website

https://marksintime.marksandspencer.com/whats-on/5yearsofpartnership

York Festival of Vintage

M&S At The Festival Of Vintage

  • 22 — 23 April 2017 10am-5pm

Celebrate all things vintage as we present 'Dressed in Time: an M&S Vintage Fashion Show' on Saturday and an expert talk, 'We actually show the Knee!' Womenswear at M&S in the 1960s' on Sunday, and visit our stall on both days of the festival.

Admission

Admission charges to York Festival of Vintage apply

Website

http://www.festivalofvintage.co.uk

Sun & Swimsuits

Archivist's Talk- Style for the Sun: Swimwear at M&S

  • 18 May 2017 From 10:30am

From knitted woolen costumes in the 1930s to the body-enhancing swimwear of the 1990s, see how the latest innovations and designs have resulted in swimwear that's fashionable and practical.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/style-for-the-sun-swimwear-at-ms-tickets-28453148132

Checked Suits

Archivist's Talk: M&S Milestones

  • 7 June 2017 From 12:30pm

It's not just the archive celebrating a special birthday! Discover key M&S innovations and milestones that the company is celebrating in 2017. From the introduction of tights, men's suits and machine washable wool to the launch of Plan A, our commitment to become the world's most sustainable retailer.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/archivists-talk-ms-milestones-tickets-31925744762

Archive Pop-up

Archive On Tour: Pop-up Archive in Manchester

  • 17 June 2017 10am-9pm

We're popping up in Manchester to share vintage M&S fashions, fascinating facts and fabulous photos with Trafford Centre shoppers. Come and say hello to indulge in some vintage St Michael dress up, plus your chance to win with our special prize draw!

Website

https://marksintime.marksandspencer.com/whats-on/manchesterpop-up

1950s Skirts

Rock around the Frock

  • 8 July 2017 11am-3pm

The 1950s: Glamour came bouncing back and M&S embraced the optimism of the decade bringing new fabrics and the New Look to the high street. Join us for rock'n'roll dance classes, previously unseen 50s fashions, hair and make-up demos and special screenings of our wonderful 1950s cinema adverts - complete with popcorn!

Website

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

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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