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    Stories from M&S Sheet Music: Leeds' Piano Heritage


    Exploring our collection of sheet music

    Sheet music was a bestselling product at M&S during the 1910s, at a time when gathering round the piano was a popular form of entertainment for many people. The Archive now holds a significant collection of sheet music, from folk songs and Christmas carols to hymns and music for dancing.

    In partnership with the Leeds International Piano Competition we worked with a group of people who attend Leeds Complex Needs Day Centres. The group listened to recordings of the sheet music, and with the help of writer S.K. Perry, created artwork and written pieces inspired by the music. 

    Our Temporary Exhibition highlights the work created by the group and explores M&S sheet music. You can even have a go at tinkling the ivories on our beautiful Edwardian upright piano, on loan from Besbrode Pianos.

    This exhibition runs until the end of 2020. Please note, we'll be closed from 7th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021 inclusive.

    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 9LP for Sat Nav)

    0208 7182800


    Add your comment...

    Lisa Smith, Leeds
    Monday 27 January
    Can I just turn up to see the Sheet Music exhibition or do I need to book an appointment?
    Company Archive, Leeds
    Thursday 30 January
    Hi Lisa, There's no need to book, our permanent and temporary exhibitions are open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Just come on in and look around! Best wishes The Archive Team