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Published Monday 12 March 2012

Leeds Marks and Spencers store staff c.1900, © M&S Company Archive, reproduced with permission

M&S Company Archive opens on Friday 16 March

The M&S Company Archive at the Michael Marks building opens to the public on 16 March 2012. The highlight of the new, state-of-the-art facilities is the Marks in Time exhibition, which uses iconic items from the archive to tell the fascinating story of M&S since 1884.

Come along at 10:00 when there will be an introduction to the archive, explaining how this exciting project has grown. Introductory talks will also be given at 12:00, 13:30 & 15:00 - no need to book.

The opening of the M&S Company Archive marks a milestone in the ongoing partnership between M&S and the University of Leeds. The partnership has already seen the joint funding of two PhDs focusing on strategically important areas in both organisations. Students are also being offered the opportunity to work with M&S through project placements which will see MSc and MBA students using their research and analytical skills to solve real business problems.

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.

There's a Research Area for browsing and for those looking to do in-depth research, the Reading Room will be available to book in advance to explore the records.

There's also an interactive Children's Area, and March sees the launch of the Schools and Events programmes. School groups will be able to visit for sessions inspired by the collection, while the events programme offers something for everyone.

The Michael Marks Building, University of Leeds, is located on Woodsley Road, Leeds LS3 1DB, next to the Charles Thackrah Building.
See location map for Michael Marks Building

The picture is of M&S Leeds store staff, from about 1900, reproduced with permission, © M&S Company Archive.