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    Visit Our Permanent Exhibition


    We'll be closed from Thursday 8th December for refurbishment. Our new-look exhibition opens in February 2023 - watch this space! 

    The M&S Archive exhibition celebrates the role that Marks & Spencer has played in peoples' lives for over 135 years. Here, you can explore the development and impact M&S has had on the social history of Britain. From boardroom battles to staff welfare, from puddings to pants, the exhibition explores how M&S has led the way in innovation, quality and service.

    Featuring unique artefacts, historic garments and films and photographs from the Archive, the exhibition tracks the journey from market stall to Penny Bazaar to international retailer. M&S is woven into the fabric of the UK - from the clothes we wear to the food we eat. Which of your M&S favourites will you discover?

    Click here to plan your visit

    Visitor Information

    Opening Hours

    Mon-Fri 10am-4pm


    M&S Company Archive
    Michael Marks Building
    University of Leeds
    LS2 9JT (LS2 9LP for Sat Nav)



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    Lynne Brook, Leeds
    Saturday 23 March
    do we have to book a time to visit, and how much is the entrance fee
    Company Archive, Leeds
    Monday 25 March
    Hi Lynne, there's no need to book and we're free to visit. Hope to see you soon!
    Maggie Keogh, Birmingham
    Tuesday 9 April
    I have a lovely red blouse with a paisley part On it stand up collar and large diamond buttons it's about 35 to 40ty years old .perfect condition are you interested in it for you exhibition
    Company Archive, Leeds
    Thursday 11 April
    Hi Maggie, we'd love to know more about your blouse. Please could you email us some photos at company.archive@marks-and-spencer.com?
    MRS Jackie Barrett, Plymouth.
    Sunday 24 May
    Hi came across a photograph of models from 1947. And one of the models looks like my mum, we know she did some modeling but was really a seamstress, how can I find out for definite .Her name was Josephine Anderson
    Archive Team, Leeds
    Thursday 27 August
    Hi Jackie, I'm afraid we don't know the names of the models in that photo but we do know that employees often modeled clothing at that time - so it's possible!
    Sarah , Leicester
    Sunday 11 October
    Hi I’ve worked for the company since 19 June 1989 at fosse park store can you tell me how many uniforms I would of had please think it’s 5-6 ?
    Fiona Holliman, Cheshire
    Sunday 29 November
    Would you be interested in a pink 1950s St Michael's nylon bedjacket for your collection?
    The Archive Team, Leeds
    Tuesday 1 December
    Hi Fiona, it would be good to hear more about your bedjacket. If you could email us at company.archive@marksandspencer.com with a photo that would be great. Many thanks!
    Katja Barron, Somercotes, Derbyshire
    Tuesday 27 April
    Hi. I have several pieces of the viscose knitwear range of matching tunics, jacket, dresses, trousers from the mid 1990s. They're in very good condition. Would these be of interest to you?
    Archive Team, Leeds
    Thursday 29 April
    Hi Katja, your 1990s items sound really interesting. Please could you email us at company.archive@marks-and-spencer.com with some more details/photos so we can investigate further? Many thanks, the Archive Team.
    Irene, Chelmsford
    Monday 21 March
    Hi I have a vhs of The Transformers mid eighties is it of any interest to you?
    Juie, Manchester
    Saturday 26 March
    Hi I just to make m&s cloths in a factory in manchester
    Karen Hanks, LA12 9AT Ulverston Cumbria
    Thursday 28 July
    Cumbria Westmorland Federation of WIs would like to visit on November 22nd. There will be 40+. Do we need to book?
    Archive Team, Leeds
    Wednesday 10 August
    Hi Karen, Yes, you will need to book for a group visit of that size. Please could you email us at company.archive@mands.com so that we can get back to you. Best wishes, the Archive team.
    Mary Hayward, York
    Wednesday 24 August
    I have a number of M&S cookery books in excellent condition all 40 or more years old. Would they be of interest to your archive?
    Archive Team, Leeds
    Thursday 25 August
    Hi Mary, many thanks for your offer, we're not taking any more cookery books at the moment but thank you for thinking of us. Best wishes, the Archive team
    adam, d'
    Tuesday 6 September
    love it
    Alison , Newcastle
    Monday 23 January
    Hi I have a st Michaels 1950s fur hat with a stamp underneath the lining and numbers 6636 written on and written on is martins registered trade mark AF GRT BRITAIN stamped on also
    Archive Team, Leeds
    Tuesday 24 January
    Hi Alison, your hat sounds really interesting. If you're interested in donating it to the archive please could you send us some photos at archive@mands.com and we'll be able to get back to you. Many thanks, the Archive team
    Liz, Leeds
    Tuesday 31 January
    Are you open this Saturday 4th Feb?
    Archive Team, Leeds
    Wednesday 1 February
    Hi Liz, We're open to the public from Monday 6th Feb, and we'll be open on the second Saturday of every month too - the first Saturday will be the 11th Feb. Best wishes, the Archive team