The M&S Collection

About the Archive

The M&S Company Archive enables Marks & Spencer to celebrate and utilise its rich heritage for the good of the business, its customers and the wider community. As a vital business asset, the Archive actively preserves, develops and facilitates access to its unique collection for commercial innovation and inspiration and delivers a dynamic programme of public engagement, using the collection to support and inspire the community.

The collection contains over 71,000 items, dating from 1884 to the present day and comprises not only written, photographic and digital records of the Company’s development, but also artefacts which represent key aspects of the Company’s activities.

The M&S Company Archive represents one of Britain’s most important corporate archival collections, owing to the long history of Marks & Spencer as a key retailer on the British high street and the extensive nature of its rich holdings.

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
More details on our collection and what it holds:

Research and resources

The Reading Room is available for anyone who wants to do more in-depth research using material from our archive collections. You will find more information about how to use the Reading Room here.

Reading Room Conditions of Access

A Short History of M&S     


Collection Guide

Reading Room opening hours:

Tuesday – Thursday: 10am-12pm & 1pm-4pm

Friday – Monday: Closed

Space is limited in the Reading Room so please book at least two days in advance to avoid disappointment.

Simon Marks: Integrity in Action Film

The Marks & Spencer Company Archive Film

Contact the archivists

M&S Company Archive
Michael Marks Building
University of Leeds
(sat nav LS2 9LP)

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturdays: Closed except for special events
Sundays and Bank Holidays: Closed
(020) 87182800

Make a donation

A 1920s tea set recently donated to the collection

We are always delighted to receive your donations

How to donate
Have you got any M&S treasures tucked away? We welcome donations that help to enhance the M&S archive collection. See our Collection Policy for more information. Please contact us to talk about a possible donation.
Collection Development Policy

Our Catalogue

Discover what's in the archive
Our online catalogue lets you find descriptions and images of thousands of items in our collection. Use the catalogue to organise your visit to the Reading Room by choosing what you want to see, or just browse highlights in our Themes section.

For more help using the catalogue, see our Collection Guide on the left.

Further resources

About the Company Marks & Spencer - The Company