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    Visit Our Permanent Exhibition


    Regularly updated, our permanent exhibition showcases the best merchandise, documents, photos and film from over 130 years of your Marks & Spencer. Open for you to visit 5 days a week.

    The Marks in Time Exhibition at the M&S Company Archive celebrates the role that Marks & Spencer has played in peoples' lives for over 130 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?

    Exhibition features;

    - Original artefacts from the 1900s to the present day
    - Browse through Employee magazines
    - Interactive exhibits
    - Watch our cinema adverts from the 1950s and 1960s
    - Hands-on activities
    - cash up using our penny bazaar till
    - Children's Zone - dressing up, games and toys

    Click here to plan your visit

    Visitor Information

    Opening Hours

    Monday - Friday : 10:00am-5:00pm
    Saturday and Sunday : Closed


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

    0208 7182800


    Add your comment...

    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 ?