M&S Company Archive

Opening Times:

Open Monday - Friday 10:00-17:00
Closed Saturday except for special events - please see website
Bank Holiday and Christmas opening times may vary, please check the website for more details.


Free entry

Contact Details:

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

0208 718 2800

M&S Company Archive

  • Accepts groups
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toilets
  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Gift shop
  • Postbox
  • Public toilets

Did you know M&S was born in Leeds?

Explore our Marks In Time Exhibition and uncover some fascinating facts from 135 years of M&S history:

Did you know that we sold our first bra in 1926?
How about that our scientists worked with the government during WW2 to help with rationing strategy?
Or even that when we were one of the first to introduce ëavocado pearsí in 1959 one customer tried to serve it as a dessert with custard?

From the clothes we wear to the food we eat the Marks In Time Exhibition showcases the M&S Company Archive collection, tracking the development of the business from 1884 to the present day. From Boardroom battles to staff welfare, from puddings to pants, the exhibition vividly shows the impact M&S has had on the social history of Britain since the first Penny Bazaar stall at Leeds Kirkgate Market.

Free attraction
We are completely free to visit so pop in to find out more about our rich heritage. You can explore clothing, merchandise, old photographs, vintage films and rare documents. Itís all part of our interactive exhibition telling the M&S story.

Group visitors
See our website for more information on free guided tours and talks for groups.

Finally, don’t miss our inspirational temporary exhibitions showcasing a range of previously unseen items linking to themes from our varied events programme.