The M&S Collection

About the Archive

To celebrate the 100th birthday of Marks & Spencer in 1984, the Company took the opportunity to look back with pride at its long history. We decided to collect together the many historical items from all over the Company and create the M&S Company Archive.

Since then, the archive team has worked to collect, catalogue and make available for use, all kinds of records of Marks & Spencer’s past.

Today the archive contains more than 70,000 items from 1884 to the present day, and we welcome new additions to our collection.
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 9LZ)

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