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Exhibition, from 9 Jul 2018, free entry

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Marking RAF100: M&S and the Royal Air Force in WWI

Marking RAF100: M&S and the Royal Air Force in WWI

Details

2018 marks 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force.  To commemorate the centenary year, a special exhibition has been curated by the M&S Company Archive in Leeds to showcase the historic ties between M&S and the RAF.

 _Marking RAF100: M&S and the Royal Air Force in WWII_ was officially opened on 26th June by M&S CEO Steve Rowe and RAF Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice-Marshal Mike Wigston CBE. Running until the end of August 2018, the free public exhibition within the Archive is inspired by the shared histories between M&S and the RAF and features some special, never before seen items relating to the war from the M&S archive collection.  

 In 1938 Simon Marks, M&S Chairman and son of the founder, helped form the RAF Cadets – the pipeline of future RAF talent.  He went on to play a pivotal role in its development including donating personal funds and joining its Board of Finance and Welfare Council in 1941. In 1944 Air Commodore Chamier wrote: ‘Dear Mr Marks, you were the man who made the Air Cadets possible!’

By the end of WWII, almost 100,000 cadets had joined the RAF, a pipeline of talent made possible by Simon Marks’ collaboration with the RAF. 320 M&S employees served in the RAF during the war, 18 of which received medals and awards for their service. 

Items on display include:

* An album of Christmas cards sent to M&S servicemen who were stationed around the world during the war
* Issues of the _Forces Bulletin _– a publication produced by M&S and distributed to employees serving in the armed forces at home and overseas to keep them up to date with what was going on within M&S, and share news of fellow employees
* An M&S fire bell and a melted coin float which were both recovered from the rubble of the Plymouth store after it was destroyed in an air raid in 1941
* An example of the armband worn by Air Raid Precautions personnel from M&S

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPostboxPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

We are a fully accessible building with hearing loop installed and seating positioned around the exhibition to allow easy breaks. We offer parking on-site for blue badge users during opening hours.

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 16 - Fri 20 Jul 2018 10:00 to 17:00
Mon 23 - Fri 27 Jul 2018 10:00 to 17:00
Mon 30 Jul - Fri 3 Aug 2018 10:00 to 17:00
Mon 6 - Fri 10 Aug 2018 10:00 to 17:00
Mon 13 - Fri 17 Aug 2018 10:00 to 17:00
Mon 20 - Fri 24 Aug 2018 10:00 to 17:00
Mon 27 - Fri 31 Aug 2018 10:00 to 17:00

Prices

Free entry

Contact

M&S Company Archive

Address

Michael Marks Building,
Western Campus,
University of Leeds,
Leeds,
LS2 9JT

Location

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Map reference: SE 295347  Lat: 53.80848 Long: -1.55279

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Leeds station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

We are a fully accessible building with hearing loop installed and seating positioned around the exhibition to allow easy breaks. We offer parking on-site for blue badge users during opening hours.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility