M&S Company Archive


Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Explore our free Marks In Time Exhibition and uncover 135 years of M&S history. From the clothes we wear to the food we eat the exhibition showcases the M&S Company Archive collection, tracking the business from 1884 to the present day. From boardroom battles to staff welfare, from puddings to pants, the exhibition shows the impact M&S has had on the social history of Britain since the first stall at Leeds Kirkgate Market.

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M&S Company Archive
M&S Company Archive, Michael Marks Building, University of Leeds, LEEDS, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JT
Phone : 0208 7182800

About the area

Discover West Yorkshire

Everybody knows that Yorkshire has some special landscapes. The Dales and the Moors first spring to mind, but what about West Yorkshire? That’s Leeds and Bradford isn’t it? Back-to-back houses and blackened mills… Certainly if you had stood on any of the hills surrounding Hebden Bridge a hundred years ago, and gazed down into the valley, all you would have seen was the pall of smoke issuing from the chimneys of 33 textile mills. But thankfully, life changes very quickly in West Yorkshire. The textile trade went into terminal decline, the mills shut down forever and in a single generation Hebden Bridge became a place that people want to visit.

The surrounding countryside offers walking every bit as good as the more celebrated Yorkshire Dales; within minutes you can be tramping across the moors. And this close proximity of town and country is repeated all across West Yorkshire. There’s such diversity in the area that you can find yourself in quite unfamiliar surroundings, even close to places you may know very well. Take time to explore this rich county and you will be thrilled at what you find to shatter old myths and preconceptions. 

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